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Kati Basti - Ayurvedic Treatment

The word Kati refers to the waist or lower back area and Basti refers to a container or retainer. This treatment focuses on reducing inflammation and pain caused by Lumbar Spondylosis, Sciatica, and Osteoporosis by maintaining a pool of herbalised oil or herbal water on the lower back. Kati Basti is a special type of Ayurvedic lumbo-sacral rejuvenation therapy using hot oil or herbal decoctions. The treatment starts with a back massage using warm herbal boluses to make the back muscles limber and susceptible to the treatment that follows, where an Ayurvedic therapist creates a dough dam along the spine in which herbal oil is poured into, bathing the lower back with a warm medicated oil or herbal decoction. It is very balancing for Vata, and in particular, Apana Vayu (the final sub dosha of vata that is based in the colon and pelvic cavity). It nourishes the root and second chakra thereby helping to improve libido, urinary problems, prostate problems, and menstrual problems. It also helps with clear mental function and reasoning.

The benefits of Kati Basti are vast and include pain management and relief for chronic and acute backaches, lumbar spondylosis and sciatica, prolapsed disc, and Osteoporosis. It pacifies the Vata Dosha, reduces pain and inflammation, and deeply purifies and improves blood circulation around the lumbosacral area. It’s known to remove rigidity and spasmed muscles around the lumbosacral region, it nourishes and strengthens the bones, connective tissues, ligaments, nerves, muscles of the lumbosacral region, as well as lubricating the joints.

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