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Udwartana or Powder massage in Ayurveda

Udwartana is a stimulating and exfoliating therapy using a specially prepared herbal powder in the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine in India. This powder is rubbed all over the body to slough off dead skin cells and help reduce subcutaneous fat. The term Udwartana means to elevate or to promote.

The name can be attributed either to the treatment’s ability to improve the body condition or to the upward strokes used in massage here, unlike in other Ayurvedic treatments. The oil massage cures many kinds of nervous disorders and the dry one is effective for treating obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and various kapha disorders.

Udwartana done in the seven positions for a specific period considerably reduces excess fat accumulated in the body mostly in the subcutaneous tissues. This therapy effectively reduces the fat collected around the abdomen and in the inner thighs of women due to nutritional disorders.