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According to Ayurveda, swedana, or sweating, helps us to detoxify the body by liquefying ama, or accumulated toxins.  It also helps with the elimination of wastes by activating the sweat glands.  Sweating also stimulates the digestive fire, and relieves coldness, stiffness, and heaviness due to bloating.  Ayurvedic sweat baths can be done using wet heat, such as a steam shower or bath; dry heat, such as saunas or hot stones; or self-generated heat, such as exercise or body wraps.  Try to do the swedana treatment at home once a week to see the most benefits.  If you have a Pitta imbalance, avoid swedana until you get back in balance.  Always finish off swedana with cleansing and moisturizing the skin.<br><br>

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