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Kati Basti

May 1, 2017 |  Dr. Madhu


Low Back Pain is a common disease haunting the mankind for many centuries. All of us would have experienced a sore low back of various intensities at some point of our life. Low back pain is one of the top listed diseases for which the patients visit clinics to seek medical attention and it is a disorder involving the muscles and bones of the back.

Ayurveda has the privilege of offering the best remedies for low back pain and related painful conditions. Among all the remedies available for low back pain, Kati Basti is the most popular one.

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.

The healing properties of herbal oils used for this basti deeply clean and fortify the blood, build strong muscle and connective tissues, and lubricate the joints. This special technique is aimed at providing relief by bathing the lower back for twenty to sixty minutes.


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 & subjected to steam locally to the region.

Benefits of Kati Basti:

The modern painkillers have many side effects. To avoid the conventional medicines patients can get benefits from the Kati Basti treatment for pain relief.

Other benefits are-

  1. 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.
  2. Pacifies one of the primary sites of Vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility.
  3.  Relieves chronic lower backaches and painful muscle spasms, stiffness, and degenerative problems.
  4. Kati Basti has a higher success rate and it is non-invasive treatment that can save hundreds thousands of spinal surgeries.
  5. It also provides mental and physical relaxation.
  6. It relieves tiredness of the back.
  7. The therapy enhances healing and recovery from the spinal problems.
  8. It reduces inflammation, swelling, tenderness of the affected area.
  9. Make your spine more healthy and flexible.
  10. Kati basti improves mobility of the spinal vertebrae.
  11. It relieves muscle tension and soreness.


Painful low back region
Lumbar spondylosis
Lumbar spondylitis
Disc prolapse
Ankylosing spondylosis
Intervertebral disc protrusion
Neurological disorders
Degenerative spine changes
Compressed discs



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