Kati Basti: Ayurveda Therapy for Back Pain

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If you are looking for a natural and effective way to relieve your back pain, you may want to try Kati Basti, an ancient Ayurvedic therapy that has been proven to heal various conditions affecting the lower back and spine.

What is Kati Basti?

It is an Ayurvedic therapy specifically designed for lower back pain and degenerative spine disorders. This ancient practice involves pouring warm medicated herbal oil into a specially created compartment around the lower back.

The oil is personalized to your condition, usually made of herbs that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and rejuvenating properties, such as sesame oil, castor oil, ashwagandha, bala, dashmool, nirgundi, etc. 

During therapy, The oil is heated to a comfortable temperature and retained over the affected area. Oil penetrates deep into the tissues and muscles of the lower back, providing nourishment, lubrication, and relaxation. The oil also stimulates the blood circulation and nerve endings in the area, enhancing the healing process.

Benefits of Kati Basti

Along with other herbal medicines as per doctor advice. It can help with various conditions affecting the lower back and spine, such as:

  • Low back pain (lumbago)

  • Lumbar spondylosis (degenerative arthritis of the spine)

  • Sciatica (nerve pain radiating from the lower back to the leg)

  • Herniated disc (slipped disc)

  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

  • Ankylosing spondylitis (inflammatory arthritis of the spine)

  • Osteoporosis (bone loss)

  • Muscle spasms and stiffness

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

How is Kati Basti Performed?

Kati Basti is usually performed by a trained Ayurvedic practitioner in a clinic or a spa. The procedure involves the following steps:

1. Preparatory stage where you are asked to lie down on your stomach on a massage table. The therapist will clean your lower back area with a cotton cloth dipped in warm water..

2. Main stage where the therapist will create a dough ring around your lower back area. The ring should be about 4 to 5 inches in diameter and 1 to 2 inches in height covering your lumbar and sacral regions of your spine. The therapist will then pour warm medicated oil into the ring until it fills up completely. 

3. Final stage where the therapist will remove the dough ring and wipe off any excess oil from your skin. He or she will then cover your lower back with a towel or a blanket and let you rest for about 10 minutes. 

You may be advised to avoid bathing or showering for a few hours after the treatment to allow the oil to absorb into your skin. You may also be given some dietary and lifestyle recommendations by our doctors to enhance the effects of the treatment.

How Often Should You Do Kati Basti?

The frequency and duration of Kati Basti depend on your condition and your doctor's advice. Generally, it is recommended to do Kati Basti once a day for 7 to 14 days, or as long as your symptoms persist. 

If you are suffering from back pain and want to try Kati Basti, you can find a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and skilled therapists at Dr. P. Alikuttys Ayurveda & Modern Hospital Kottakkal, book an appointment online today!

You can also learn more about other Ayurvedic therapies on our website.

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