Kati – means low back
Vasti – means to hold (compartment which holds)
Thus Kati vasti means a treatment in which medicated oils are poured and pooled for a fixed duration of time in a compartment or a cabin constructed over the low back area using wet flour of black gram, covering the Lumbo-sacral and Sacro-iliac joints. In simple words, Kati vasti is pain relieving oil-pooling treatment conducted for low back pain. Vasti or Basti is a term used to describe the urinary bladder in Ayurveda. Urinary bladder is a bag which holds urine for a certain amount of period till it is voided. Similarly in Kati Vasti a compartment is constructed over the low back area by using flour of black gram and the pain relieving medicated (herbal) oils are pooled in this compartment for a fixed duration of time. Therefore the procedure is called Kati Vasti.
kati Vasti is widely used as both preventive and curative purposes. In the following the kati Vasti is used as a curative procedure.
- Stiffness in Lower back
- Degenerative diseases of spine
- Painful conditions of low back region
- Joint pain
- Lumbar Spondylosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Lumbo sacral Strain
- Disc prolapse
- Ankylosing spondylitis etc..
Ø 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
Ø Pacifies one of the primary sites of Vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility
Ø Relieves chronic lower backaches and painful muscle spasms, stiffness, and degenerative problems