Ayurveda is not a medical system that addresses only diseases. The first and foremost aim is to preserve the health of the healthy.

Ayurveda is the rich storehouse of time-tested and effective recipes for the treatment of several obstinate and otherwise incurable diseases. More important than these recipes are the specialised therapies which, while curing such diseases, strengthen the immune system in the body and thus help in the prevention of diseases and preservation and promotion of positive health. These specialised therapies in Ayurvedic Science are called PANCHAKARMA.

The three senses of humour function as pillars supporting the body. The derangement in the humour causes illness. The natural constitution (Prakrithi) of an individual and deranged state of the body in an illness (Vikrithi) are expressed with respect to Vatha, Pitha and Kapha. Medicines and herbs are grouped based on its effects on the senses of humour.

All therapies are conducted by experienced therapists under the supervision of Ayurvedic Consultants.

The warm oil applied to the skin get absorbed through the skin cracks and inter-cellular spaces. The warmth of the oil and the hand movements during the massage helps to increase the peripheral circulation. This will enhance the absorption of the active ingredients in the oil through the blood and lymphatic circulation. The active ingredients will be transferred to the target organs accordingly.


  • To relieve general weakness and tiredness
  • To impart good sleep
  • To improve blood circulation
  • To improve digestion and appetite
  • To prevent dryness of the skin
  • Dandruff and loss of hair
  • Chronic headache and sinusitis
  • In degenerative diseases of the cranial nerves etc.

Avagaha is a method of sweating for which the patient is seated in a tub full of hot herbal decoction. According to the condition of the disease suitable medicated oil can be applied to the body before this. This treatment aims to sweat the body and thereby to make the vata moving in its own root.

Mode of action

It is a method of preparation for the cleansing treatment or the Panchakarma. The oil application and the thorough sweating of the body help for the expulsion of the toxins from their bonded sites very easily. Because of the sweating, it gives relief from pain and stiffness of the joints and the back.


  • For pain in the lower back, upper back and hips
  • All the diseases of the urino-genital system

Choornapinda is a bolus/potali with dry medicated powder. Sudation with this bolus is called Choornapindasweda

Choornapindaswedam is a type of bundle massage in which the bags are filled with herbal powders. The type of powders can be different depending on the condition. The herbs are transformed into a coarse powder and warmed in a dry pan and tied to bags in 4 cotton cloth pieces. These are usually heated in medicated oil throughout the massage.


This treatment is very effective for people suffering from all types of inflammatory arthritis, degenerative diseases, diseases of the spine and vertebral column.

Pouring of warm medicated liquid herbal decoction called Dhanyamla all over the body from head to neck is called Dhanyamladhara. In some cases of extreme inflammation, even body massage and application of oil on the body and head may be avoided. Then the warm liquid will be poured all over the body with gentle strokes on the body. The liquid is again collected and warmed for further use. Then the patient can take rest for a few minutes.

Mode of action

Because of the acidic nature of the liquid, it helps for the absorption of the inflammation. The herbs present in the liquid are also having anti-inflammatory action, so it relieves the pain and inflammation.


This treatment is very effective for people suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis, Inflammatory conditions, Muscular sprain, Obesity, Thyroidism, Chrome fever.

Jambheera Pinda Sweda is a medicated bolus prepared with lemon and herbal medicines also with some other ingredients. This massage is rather intense as the bundles are applied or pounded on the body. Few lemons are cut into pieces and fried with other ingredients like turmeric powder, coconut scrapings, fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds, rock salt, horse gram etc. till the lemon becomes tender. These are made into bags in two pieces of cotton clothes. These bags are warmed in medicated oil or castor oil throughout the process.

Mode of action

The application of warm bundles on the body improves the peripheral circulation and thereby enables easy absorption of the medicaments through the blood and lymphatic circulation. The pain relieving and anti-inflammatory herbs present in the bundles relieves the pain and stiffness of the affected parts.


This treatment is very effective for people suffering from Sciatica, Spondylosis, Low backache, Acute inflammatory arthritis etc.,

A specialised treatment in which warm medicated oil is kept on the affected part inside a boundary made of herbal paste over the lower back. This is usually done in the back region.

Mode of action

The warm oil over the affected part improves the blood circulation, and the medicaments get absorbed into the effector organs. The oil relieves pain and stiffness through its localised action. It nourishes the degenerated joints also.


This is a unique herbal treatment for Spinal related disorders, back pain, lumbar spondylosis, degenerative intervertebral disc prolapse, sciatica etc.

Shirodhara using medicated herbal decoction is called Kashayadhara. For this purpose, different types of herbal decoctions can be used depending on the condition. At first, suitable oil for the head and body are applied, and a gentle massage is done on the body. Then the patient is laid on his back to get the flow of the oil on the forehead. After finishing the dhara the patient is allowed to take rest for a few minutes.

Mode of action

The medicaments applied on the head get absorbed through the scalp and hair follicles. These medicines will act on the body and head according to the disease condition. The gentle movement of the flow on the forehead helps for relaxation and provides good sleep.


  • For all types of nervous degenerations
  • For different types of headaches.
  • For diseases due to old age etc.

Shirodhara using medicated milk is called Ksheeradhara. Pure cow’s milk is medicated with herbs like sandalwood, camphor, vetiver roots etc. The temperature of the milk is made lukewarm in the beginning and then maintained at room temperature throughout the process. After that, the head of the person is wiped well, and the patient is allowed to take rest for a few minutes.

Mode of action

The medicaments applied on the head get absorbed through the scalp and hair follicles. These medicines will act on the body and head according to the disease condition. The gentle movement of the flow on the forehead helps for relaxation and imparts good sleep.


This treatment is very effective for people suffering from all types of Pitha diseases, headaches, insomnia, mental stress, anxiety, to improve memory and concentration.

This is a unique treatment procedure where the patient is treated with dhooma or steam emerging from heating medicated milk. This is the best method of sweating for the head and face. Under this process, a herbal decoction is prepared, mixed with milk and boiled in a closed vessel. From this vessel, steam will be released through a tube. Usually, a decoction of bala roots (Sidarettusa) is used, mixed with pure cow’s milk for most of the vata diseases. Care should be taken to protect the eyes from the hot steam.

Mode of action

With the warm milk steam, the body part sweats and opens the skin pores. This will help to relieve the inflammation and stiffness of the organs and also enables the proper movements of the elements through the channels.


It is indicated in Facial palsies, speech disorders, ptoris or leavatorpulpebral muscle palsy etc.

Application of a suitable medicated herbal paste on the affected body part is called Lepa. This can be used for many conditions according to which the herbs can be selected. This is usually done only during daytime and kept until it dries. The thickness of the paste depends on the need of a particular condition. It has to be removed before the paste dries. Lepa should be avoided in patients sensitive to heat and having sensitive skin. The temperature of the paste can be warm or at room temperature as per requirement.

Mode of action

The pack on the body part improves the blood circulation of that part and thereby helps the absorption of the medicaments.


It is very effective in inflammatory conditions and is also good for skin diseases. Lepanam is used for improving skin complexion, in pain management.

Matrabasti is enema done with oil alone or a combination of oils and other medicines. This process is used mainly for nourishing the lower digestive tract and to lead the vata in its normal path. This can be done alone or in combination with Yogabasti. Matrabasti is usually done after food, this is to prevent the upward movement of the oil into the stomach. For that, the patient should be prepared by snehana, swedana, vamana, virechana etc. according to their condition. After a major meal the person is laid on a comfortable table towards his left lateral position and his abdomen and the hip region are oleated and sweat well with steam. Then the suitable amount of oil is warmed and filled in a syringe and introduced gently through the anus and pushed in with constant pressure.


  • All vata diseases
  • All diseases of the vertebrae and spine
  • All gynecological disorders
  • Chronic rheumatisms etc.

Nasya is a very effective Ayurveda remedy, and it ensures relaxation for head related problems, especially for any type of headaches. The illness in the head region would get much relaxation after Nasya. Nostrils are the entry point of Nasya treatment, and it’s the doorway to the brain where Nasya treatment applies. Nasya is an essential treatment especially for the illness in the head region. The importance of Nasyam is much relevant in this modern era because problems relating to the head has become common.

Mode of action

Medicine applied to the nostrils irritates the mucosa of the nose and the Para-nasal sinuses. This stimulates the secretion of the collected doshas and mucus. The effect of the medicines absorbed through the circulation helps to heal and nourish the structures above the neck. In ayurveda the head of the body is considered as the root of a tree. So any medication giving to the head will be effective for the body also.


  • All diseases of the nose and Para-nasal sinuses
  • All diseases of the head and neck
  • All diseases of the hair and scalp
  • All diseases of the brain and spinal cord etc.

This is an eye treatment to nourish and correct the diseases of the eyes. The procedure includes collecting well melted and strained medicated ghee over the eyes. For this purpose a boundary is made around the eyes using herbal paste. This is a compelling treatment to rejuvenate the eyes and also for the cure of the diseases of the eyes.

Mode of action

The ghee, in general, has a specific property to carry the qualities of the herbs used for medicating the ghee to the corresponding organs easily. Because of the pitha dominance of the eyes, ghee will be the best medicine for the eye diseases. The active ingredients of the ghee will be absorbed through the structures of the eyes, and it stimulates the ophthalmic area of the brain and the optic nerve.


  • Refractive errors of the eyes
  • Degenerative diseases of the eyes and the optic nerve
  • Diseases due to over use of the eyes
  • Damages of the eyes

Patra Pinda Sweda is a type of massage done by bundles or cloth bags filled with herbal leaves and some other ingredients. Compared to Abhyanga (oil massage) this one is h4er as the packets are applied or pounded on the body. The type of leaves or the other ingredients can be variable depending on the condition of the disease. The leaves are cut into small pieces and fried in neem oil or any other suitable oil with the other ingredients and tied in 4 cotton cloth pieces to make the bags. These are usually warmed in medicated oil throughout the massage. This massage is generally done by 2 persons. After the massage the patient is allowed to take rest for a few minutes and later a hot water bath is given.

After the gentle body massage, the warm bundles are applied all over the body from neck to the legs. Special care should be given on the joints and muscles where ever pain and inflammations are present. As the herbs present in the bundles are anti-inflammatory, they have an affinity towards the weak muscles and joints. With the warmth of the packets and the pounding of them on the affected part, peripheral circulation will be increased, and it will help to enhance the absorption of the active ingredients.


It is highly effective in diseases related to bones, joints and nervous system. Improves blood circulation, relieves stiffness and pain, improve muscle strength, improves skin complexion. Indications: Arthritis, Myalgia, Spondylosis, Neurological, Sports injuries, Neurological disorders.

Pichu means soaking a piece of cloth or cotton in specific liquids like oils, herbal juices, decoctions etc. In this treatment, the cloth or cotton piece soaked in the liquid will be kept on the affected parts. The temperature of the liquid can be cold or warm according to the disease condition. If it is warm its temperature should be kept uniform by warming it in between. According to the body part, the name of the pichu can be different, for eg. Pichu on the lower back is called Katipichu and pichu on the head is called Shiropichu.

Mode of action

The warmth of the oil improves the blood circulation on that body part and stimulates the peripheral nerve endings. This will help for quick absorption of the medicaments to the effector organs. This makes the lubrication of the joints and relieves joint stiffness.


It is a very effective method to treat the ailments of head, spine and disease of cranial nerves.

This is an after treatment of nethratharpana. This should be done after the course of tharpana to clean the eyes off the ghee and to relieve tiredness caused by excessive absorption of ghee. This will clear the vision and relieve the heaviness and haziness of the eyes.

Mode of action

The herbal juice clears the sticky ghee particles from the eyes and the channels of the tear glands will be freed from the clogging due to washing. This helps to clear the vision and make the eyes feel light and fresh.


  • All the conditions in which nethratharpanam is indicated

Rakthamokshana or bloodletting is very effective in some diseases which the blood impurities are the main reasons for the disease. Various methods are used for this purpose. For eg: using leech, by venesection, through shallow wounds etc. The appropriate method can be selected according to the disease, either localised or generalised, the dominance of vata, pitha and kapha etc. This treatment is selected where all other treatments have been ineffective.

Mode of action

According to ayurvedic principles toxins and vitiated doshas, which cause diseases can be expelled using internal and external oleation and sweating. Removal of these toxins through the nearest body opening cleanses the body and relieves ailments also. But in some diseases, these methods of cleaning will not be so, and in such cases purification of blood method can be used. In ayurveda, in different methods of bloodletting, the quantity of blood removed should be minimized so that it doesn’t disturb the normal functioning of the body and at the same time body is also cleaned.

Shashtikashali Pinda Sweda is one of the ayurvedic treatments. The treatment is termed so as njavara rice is the main ingredient in the preparation. Cleaned njavara rice is boiled in a mixture of milk and herbal decoction throughout the treatment. It is then tied in a suitable cloth and made into a bolus. This is a rather soft massage, and the bags are applied in a circular motion and long strokes on the body, especially on the joints.

Mode of action

The application of the nourishing and warm bags on the body improves the blood circulation and thereby enables the absorption of the medicaments through the blood and lymphatic circulation. The warmth of the bundles relieves the joint pain and stiffness. The mixture of herbs and milk nourishes the skin and underlying structures.


  • All types of nervous degeneration
  • Numbness and burning sensation on the body
  • General weakness
  • Muscle wasting
  • Stroke etc.

This is a type of oil application on the head, where medicated oil is collected on the head inside a leather cap. This is the best method of oil application on the head. This treatment is highly effective for facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches and other diseases of the head. The temperature of the oil should be kept uniform throughout the process.

Mode of action

The warmth of the oil of the head will increase the peripheral blood circulation on the scalp and thereby promote the absorption of the medicaments through the hair follicles and vessels. By stimulating the nerve endings below the scalp, it will act on the effector organ on the head and body.


  • Diseases of the brain and nervous system
  • Degenerative diseases of the nervous system
  • Chronic headaches
  • Stroke and facial paralysis
  • Diseases of the spine and vertebrae etc.

It is a specialized Ayurveda therapy, where a piece of cloth or cotton soaked with medicated oil is applied to the head. It is one of the methods of oil application on the head.

Mode of action

The warmth of the oil increases the blood circulation on the scalp and stimulates the peripheral nerves. This will help for the absorption of the medicaments through the scalp.


This treatment is very effective for people suffering with facial palsy, headache, insomnia, dermatisis of scalp, dandruff, neurological diseases, paralysis and psychosomatic illnesses.

Snehapana is one of the best curing methods of Ayurveda, and it’s exceptional in every aspect. As a curative way Snehapana gives relaxation for specific body ailments, and besides, it’s a nourishing treatment. It is the process in which suitably medicated ghee in larger doses is used. The idea is to ‘saturate’ the body with ghee prepared with medicines suited for the condition. This is one of the preparations for the panchakarma therapy. The dose of the oil or ghee will be increased daily depending on the digestive capacity of the person. During this treatment, the food and daily routine of the patient will be highly restricted.

Mode of action

Depending on the herbs present in the ghee or oil, it will be absorbed to the specific body parts for its action. The oil or ghee will get penetrated into every tissue, and the toxins in those tissues will be united with the fat molecule. This will release the bonds of toxins with the tissues. With the help of proper sweating after the snehapanam the toxins will be liquified and lead to the nearest channels.


  • In all chronic diseases like skin diseases, digestive disorders, nervous and muscular disorders, degenerative diseases etc.
  • As a preparation for every panchakarma.
  • In h4er diseases and h4er persons

Shirodhara using medicated oil is called Thailadhara. For this different types of medicated oils can be used depending on the condition of the patient. Shirodhara is carried out by using a vessel having a yarn wick fitted into the hole. This vessel would be hanged over the wooden table in which the patient is lying. The medications would be poured into the pot and the liquid would be gradually trickled onto the head. The herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter milk etc. form the portions of medications. Then the patient is laid on his back to get the flow of the oil on the forehead.


This treatment is very effective for people suffering from insomnia, loss of memory, headaches, migraine, mental tension and certain skin diseases.

The word ‘Takra’ means buttermilk. Dhara with medicated buttermilk is called as Takradhara. The medicated buttermilk is made by mixing equal quantities of herbal decoction and buttermilk. The buttermilk itself is medicated with some herbs depending on the condition. The dhara starts with lukewarm buttermilk flowing on the forehead in a continuous stream. The commonly used buttermilk is medicated using herbs like dried gooseberry pulp and Cyperusrotundus tubers. After the treatment, the patient is allowed to take rest for a few minutes.

Mode of action

The herbal medicines in the buttermilk will be absorbed through the scalp and hair follicles. These will be effective both for body and head diseases. In ayurveda there is a concept about the human body, which can be compared as an upside down tree. Nutrients or medicaments given to the root of the tree will spread to the whole plant. Likewise, for the human body, any medicament applied on the head will reach all other body parts.


  • For all types of diseases of the head and nervous system.
  • For good sleep and relaxation
  • For diseases of the sense organs
  • For diseases of the hair and scalp

A method of oil application in the head in which the suitable oil or paste is kept on the middle of the head in smaller quantities.

Mode of action

The medicines applied in the middle of the head get absorbed through the smaller openings on the middle part of the head. This will stimulate the peripheral nerves and thereby do the specific action.


  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Facial paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Stress and mental disorders

Udwarthana or Powder massage: This massage is done with dry herbal powder from the limbs towards the heart. This is meant for better lymphatic drainage and thereby reduces the water collection in the body. The warm, dry coarse powder massaged upward which imparts friction on the skin and helps to dissolve the fatty layer below the skin.

Mode of action

This is mainly useful for reducing the amount of fat just under the skin layer. The warmth and the upward movements with rubbing help to dissolve the fatty layer and also to clean the skin. This tones up the muscles and relieves joint stiffness.


This is found very effective in obesity hemiplegia, paralysis, impaired circulation etc. and similar kapha predominant diseases.

Upanaha is a herbal poultice. In this process, herbal pastes are mixed with proper acidic liquids and other ingredients and tied on the painful and inflamed joints. Usually, this is kept at least for 12 hours day or night on position. Over the paste, herbal leaves having anti-inflammatory properties like calotropis, castor, datura etc. are tied with a cotton cloth on the top.

Mode of action

The bandage produces some heat inside and it helps to increase the peripheral blood circulation on that part. It induces sweating and the properties of the herbs used will absorb inflammation from the joints.


  • Osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Other inflammations on the joints
  • To relieve stiffness of the joints
  • For wasting of muscles, with nourishing herbs

Vamana means medically induced vomiting that cleans the upper respiratory tract and upper digestive tract. This is mainly done under conditions where kapha or doshas in relation with kapha is an imbalance. Proper preparations will be done before the procedure in which snehana and swedana are the main ones. Compared with the regular vomiting this process will clean the excessive doshas and the toxins collected in the systems. For this procedure, the patient will be seated in a comfortable chair to support his back. After the process of vomiting the person will be given some medicated fume inhalations etc. The activities and the food of the person will be strictly restricted on the day.


It is indicated in Facial palsies, speech disorders, ptoris or leavatorpulpebral muscle palsy etc.

  • Indicated in all kapha diseases
  • Kapha dominant skin diseases like leukoderma
  • Asthma and related conditions of the respiratory system
  • In kapha dominant mental diseases etc.

Virechana means medically induced purgation. Virechana is medicated purgation therapy which removes Pitta toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gallbladder; it thoroughly cleanses the gastrointestinal tract. It is a safe procedure without side effects.

This is a cleansing method to clean the lower digestive tract. This is a method of cleansing for the elimination of excessive pitta dosha. Virechana is usually done after proper preparations as in every panchakarma. The medicine will be given to the patient in the morning in empty stomach. Then he has to drink warm Water to stimulate the digestive tract. The activities of the patient and his food will be highly restricted on the day.


Virechana helps to root out Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia Joint disorders, Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders.

Yoga Basti is enema done with a combination of herbal decoction and other medicines. This method is mostly to cleanse the intestines and to balance vata. This is always done in combination with the Matra Basti and always before having food. There are strict guidelines for preparation of the solution for better treatment. The medicines prescribed should be mixed together in the given sequence and warmed slightly before introducing it. As in Matra Basti, the patient’s stomach and back should be appropriately oleated and sweat by using water vapour. Then in his left lateral position, the medicine is introduced through the anus under constant pressure. As this is not meant for retaining inside, the patient can go to the toilet when he feels so.


  • All vata diseases
  • Chronic rheumatisms
  • Other joint diseases
  • Various nervous disorders
  • Deep rooted skin diseases
  • Diseases of the urino-genital system, gynecological diseases etc

1. Beauty treatments

Beauty is the reflection of our mind. Similarly, the concept of beauty care in Ayurveda is not just the superficial glow. Along with cosmetic treatments for improving the skin health, Ayurvedic therapies help in revitalising all the body tissues and rejuvenating the body and mind.

The Ayurveda Beauty Clinic at JSS Ayurveda Hospital offers you beauty care procedures using various medicinal herbs, herbal extracts, fresh fruits and natural products. Every beauty treatment provided here uses only natural ingredients and has been formulated with a thorough understanding of the therapeutic effects of Indian herbs.

2. Mudpack

This is a method of packing the body using a mixture of termite mud, a paste of neem and turmeric. In this, the whole body and the scalp will be well covered by the paste, and the patient has to sit in the moderate sun until it dries. After drying the patient will have a shower. This is an ancient method of diagnosis for diseases of the bones and joints.

Mode of action

Application of the paste gives some heat to the skin and thereby increases blood circulation. This will help for absorption of the medicaments easily. The herbs mixed with mud will have skin refreshing properties and so it will be good to improve the health of the skin.


  • Skin diseases like eczema, scabies etc.
  • To improve the skin texture and soften the skin
  • It can be used as a beauty treatment by using other herbs with the mud.

3. Acupuncture & Acupressure

This is a treatment modality of Chinese origin dating back 5,000 years. The treatment of various diseases by inserting very fine needles in to the specific points of the body is termed acupuncture. In Latin “acus” means needles and “punge” means pricking. In the treatment of acupuncture, it is not only essential to select and locate the points precisely but also to use appropriate manipulations of the needles in accordance with the nature of the diseases and the chosen point. Acupuncture and acupressure are included in our treatment courses depending on the condition of the patient and its compatibility with various Ayurvedic treatments.

4. Anjana

Application of herbal kajal for cleaning and cooling the eyes and to clear the vision.

5. Aschyothana

Application of eye drops for various eye diseases, to clear the vision.

6. Back massage

Massaging the upper or lower back with suitable medicated oils to relieve aches and pains and eases the tensed muscles.

7. Dhoomapana

Inhalation of medicinal fumes in sinusitis, chronic headache etc.

8. Head pack

Packing the hair and scalp with flowers for fragrance and against head louse and knits.

9. Gandoosha

Filling the mouth with suitable decoctions or oil to clear the mouth, strengthen the teeth and gums, relieves tooth ache.

10. Karna Poorana

Filling the ears with suitable medicated oil and gentle massage around the ears in ear aches, dryness of ears, itching in the ears etc.

11. Mukhabhyanga

Ayurvedic face and neck massage using medicated oils or other liquids for cleansing and refreshing the skin. It gives special glow to the skin.

12. Mukhalepa

Ayurvedic face packs using herbal or fruit mixtures for various purposes like cleansing, toning, moisturizing, antiwrinkle, refreshing etc.

13. Nadisweda

Steaming a specific body part using medicated vapor in cold, heaviness of the head, sinusitis, before nasyam etc.

14. Nethra Dhara

Cleaning the eyes with herbal decoction for cleaning, cooling and refreshing the eyes.

15. Nethralepa

Application of herbal packs around the eyes for dark circles around the eyes and cooling to the eyes.

16. Padabhyanga

Massaging feet with medicated oils or other liquids for cleansing, softening and removing cracks.

17. Padalepa

Application of herbal pastes on hands and feet for cleansing, softening and against cracks.

18. Pada Prakshalana

Hand and foot bath with gentle massage using herbal liquids for cleansing, moisturizing and softening.

19. Shoulder and Neck Massage

Massaging the neck and shoulders using medicated oils to relieve aches and pains, eases the tensed muscles.

20. Shirobhyanga

Ayurvedic head massage using medicated oils in sleeplessness, hair fall, dandruff, headache and for relaxation.

21. Shirolepa

Application of herbal paste over the scalp and hair against hair fall, dandruff, sinusitis and for conditioning and coloring the hair.

22. Istikasweda

Application of heat on the affected parts using warm bricks etc. for localized pain and inflammation in calcaneal spur etc.