These oils, produced within the clinic of a siddha practitioner according to the formulas inherited from his ancestors, have different therapeutic purposes: fracture, ordinary massage, massage for diseases caused by the increase of vata humour, massage for hemiplegia, massage of the head, nasyam.
Massage of a young girl affected with severe osteopathy.
The massage often involves two people who work in parallel - the massage in this clinic takes about twenty minutes.
This type of massage is practised in two stages: application of oil all over the body, then, massage of the head with a dried plant powder (curanam). The patient, a victim of a road accident, was hospitalized with serious head injury. He has been admitted into the siddha-varma clinic for treating the disorders of language, memory and equilibrium. At the end of the three weeks I stayed in the clinic, he regained some equilibrium in the walking and a part of his memory, and became to articulate some words.
Wood instruments used for different massages (varma kattai ‘vital points-tie’).
Massages practised with different varma kattai.
The word kili signifies something that is tied. In the context of massage, various types of drugs are placed inside a piece of cloth which is tied in order to form a kind of packet easy to handle. The kili is then applied to the skin by tapping.
This kili is made with a coarse crushing of medicinal plants. It is soaked in the hot medicated oil, then applied to the body. In the clinic where this kili is made, it is used to treat rheumatic pains.
This kili is made with fresh leaves crushed on which a big pebble strongly heated is put. The kili is tied, then soaked with medicated oil and applied to the skin by tapping
This kili is made up of crushing fresh leaves and chicken flesh previously boiled together. Between the series of tapping, the kili is soaked in the liquid where the ingredients have boiled which is kept warm. At the end of the massage, a bit of kili ingredients is applied as poultice on the painful part of the body.
This kili is made with waste of plants which were used to prepare medicinal oil for massage, contusions and fractures. The waste collected after the filtration of oil is strongly heated and tied inside a piece of cloth. The kili is then applied on the body by tapping. In the clinic where it is used, it is practised on people with rheumatic pain. It is notably the case of the patient in the last photograph who developed an osteopathy due to the long corticoid treatment to care his psoriasis. His skin disease, also, was deceasing thank to this kili.