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Ginger is a good ayurvedic spice to warm up the body especially during the winter season. It can be consumed internally in the form of a kashaya or tea, but it can be used externally in the form of a compress as well. A ginger compress is a great way to unwind and relax the body as it is a type of swedana.

 Swedana is the ayurvedic practice of making the body sweat due to heat or warmth. Heat allows the channels in the body to open up. Therefore, a hot compress is a great way to help improve kidney function. Doing this also helps stimulate the adrenal glands which are situated just above the kidneys. This can prevent burnout and excessive fatigue.


Using a ginger compress on the kidneys is best done on an empty stomach. It is also advisable to wait for some time before the next meal. Before doing a compress, do a full or partial oil massage or Abhyangam. This prepares the body for swedana. The method is described below:

  • Make a large pot of ginger tea with fresh chopped pieces of ginger. Allow it to boil and then steep and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Setup the area for lying comfortably on your stomach. Have a towel for the compress and another dry one as well. Place cushions below your stomach if you feel discomfort.
  • Remove the ginger tea from the heat and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes..


  • While the tea cools, do Abhyangam for your entire body or just your upper body as preferred. Ensure you massage the lower back around the region of the kidneys.
  • Take a towel and immerse it gently into the hot ginger tea. Allow to soak and remove. Squeeze it to remove excess tea and ensure the towel is damp and not wet.
  • Lay on your stomach and gently place the compress over the region of your kidneys. Add some pressure.
  • Relax while the compress warms your back. When it cools, repeat the process.
  • Continue doing this for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • After this, take a warm shower.

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