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Patru is one of the external therapies for instant remedy in treating headache, jaundice, sunstroke, abscess, fistula, hemorrhoids, chronic wounds, carbuncles, tumour, filarial swelling and lymphadenitis as explained by Therayar in his "Tharu"
Patru is called as a poultice, which is soft and moist in nature. It is widely used to treat muscular sprain, arthritis, few surgical conditions, haemorrhoids, swellings and abscesses.
The semisolid paste is obtained from plant extracts or by grinding crude raw drugs is gently heated and applied as a thick paste over the affected region.
According to Therayar Patru is a metod of applying fine powder or crude drugs grinded with an appropriate liquid as a semi solid poultice and warmed gently or boiled before applying it on the affected area.
It is defined as one of a heat therapy by Therayar. It is generally used in the diseased conditions like swellings and abscesses.
Eventhough Patru is not practiced under heat therapy, it is mandatory to warm the Patru before application for good prognosis.
Patru is similar as
Dermal Batch, Dermal Paste,Supra Dermal Pack, Topical application and Topical cataplasm.
Scientifically Patru therapy Cleans the surface impurities, Protects the topical skin from toxins, Removes the dead cells, Improves the nourishment to the adjacent cells, Posessess emollient, anti-microbial, anti-allergic, antiseptic, analgesic and anti inflammatory activities, Increases the peripheral circulation and healing process, Acts as chemical cautery to open and drain the abscesses, Stimulates the lymphatic system by comprehensive cleansing etc.