Kati Basti Therapy - Panchakarma Therapies
The word 'Kati' refers to Low back and 'Basti' stands for retaining something inside, in this case mainly medicated oil. The procedure of applying heat to the sacral or lumbar region by retaining warm medicated oil within a specially formed frame in this area is popularly known as ‘Kati Basti’. This is form of giving fomentation to localized area.
Kati Basti was developed by ayurvedic practitioners in Kerala, India. They had a huge experience in stabilizing the ligament, disc and bones of the lumbosacral region. Kati Vasti is a method in which medicated oil is poured over the lumbosacral region. A circular-shaped ring is made of black gram paste or mixed with wheat paste.
The poured oil is then allowed to stay in this circular-shaped ring of flour paste at a specific temperature. This process is usually carried out for 45 minutes every day for at least two weeks. The type of medicated oil used for the treatment of backache depends upon the condition of the disease, season or weather.
A frame of black gram paste is made around the sacral region. Warm medicated oil is poured into this frame. This warm oil heats the sacral region followed by massage done locally to the region.
Benefits of Kati Basti
- Increases the circulation in the region, as the herbal oil gets deeply absorbed into the skin, and both nourishes and strengthens the muscles and nerves.
- Pacifies one of the primary sites of Vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility.
- Relieves chronic lower backaches and painful muscle spasms, stiffness, and degenerative problems.
- Painful low back region
- Lumbar spondylosis
- Disc prolapse
- Ankylosing spondylosis
- Neurological disorders
- Degenerative spine changes
- Compressed discs