Kativasti is an Ayurvedic procedure of retaining warm medicated oil over the lower back bordered with a herbal paste. It is a general cure for almost all types of spinal problems and back pains. This is a simple therapy with profound effects. In the subtle body, the nadis emerge from manipura (navel) chakra and supply energy to the upper and lower extremities and back. Kativasthi has wide use for any pain, strain, or tension in lower or upper back.
The person is let lay on his/her stomach on a massage table The dough ring is about four to five inches in diameter and is placed on the back around the painful area. Usually it is applied to the lumbar-sacral area of the spine, which is a major site of Vata. The warm ghee is poured or swabbed onto the lower back in the dough ring. When the oil cools down, it is squeezed out with cotton gauze and the procedure is repeated a few times.
Duration: 30 – 45 mins Benefits
The indications for this therapy are backache, degenerative spine changes, compressed discs, osteoporosis, sciatica, hip pain, shoulder pain, and spinal cord compression. Most of the time, Vata dosha is the culprit in this area, so warm castor oil, or dashmoola oil, work well for kati vasthi. Brahmi oil will heal nerve damage. The healing properties of herbal oils used for this vasthi deeply clean and fortify the blood, build strong muscle and connective tissues, and lubricate the joints. Kati vasthi is likely to alleviate most types of low-back pain.
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