Kati Basti: All You Need To Know

All through our lives, we work and hustle and find little to no time for ourselves. Not taking care of our bodies and constantly being under stress leads to adverse effects on our bodies. Besides illnesses and improper mental health, we suffer physically too. We tend to experience muscle pains, joint pains, and bone ailments much earlier than we should be experiencing them. Hence, we should be taking care of our body from now on, and one of the best ways is to get good muscle treatment.

Ayurveda is an age-old science and consists of many natural procedures that help you overcome pains in almost every part of your body. One such treatment is the ‘Kati Basti’. The Sanskrit word ‘Kati’ means lower back, and ‘basti’ means the introduction of herbal or medicinal concoctions in the body. Now, you may be wondering what Kati Basti actually means.

Kati Basti (Vasti) is a traditional treatment by Ayurveda used to cure lower back pain, as well as lumbosacral illnesses such as lumbar spondylosis, spinal problems, slip disc, and more. It is a type of external oleation or ‘Snehana’ therapy. In addition to being an entirely natural or “green” therapy, this treatment is extremely safe and non-invasive.

The procedure followed in the Kati Basti treatment

The procedure that is followed in Kati Basti treatment is quite simple. The Kati Vasti Ayurvedic treatment is carried out by applying heat to the lumbar or sacral region by retaining some warm herbal or medicated oil within a frame that is specially formed for this treatment, in a specific area of the back or ‘Kati’. Kati Basti, thus, means giving fomentation to a localized area of the back, or specifically, the lower back. This Ayurvedic procedure helps you get relieved instantly from lower back pains.

Kati Basti, ayurvedic treatment
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If you regularly take the Kati Vasti treatment for a few weeks, you will soon stop feeling the need to take any oral medicines. It is an excellent ayurvedic massage for back pain and lumbosacral ailments. Though the results might vary slightly with each person, you will definitely get instant relief from pain after this procedure. Keep reading to find out more about the procedure that is followed in the Kati Basti treatment.

Firstly, a well is made from the dough of black lentil flour. This is then placed over the lower back, in the region where you are experiencing pains. After that, this well is filled with warm medicated oil, made from a concoction of different herbs. The oil is first heated to a specific temperature, and the temperature is maintained for a specific period of time. When the oil is poured into the dough and held there, it helps soften the rigid and tight tissues in your back. Consequently, you will feel your muscles easing up and the pain-reducing. The affected area also gains more mobility with more treatments.

Patanjali's Kati Basti Ayurvedic treatment by Yes Madam Therapist

After the completion of the treatment, the well is removed from the back. You will receive a back massage followed by a herbal steam treatment to help increase the therapeutic effects of this treatment even more. As mentioned before, you should try getting this treatment regularly for a few weeks, and you will soon see for yourself the amazing benefits of the Kati Basti treatment.

Benefits of Kati Basti

Relieving soreness of lower back by performing Kati Basti
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Musculoskeletal disorders are considered as ‘Vata’ in Ayurveda. These ‘vatas’ can get aggravated and thus cause pain, stiffness, tightness and dryness in several regions of the body. When this happens, you could also face an aggravation in the ‘Pitta Dosha’, which would cause inflammation in the affected areas, besides pains and stiffness. To tackle the problem of ‘Vata’ obstruction, you could get the ‘Kati Basti’ treatment, which mainly focuses on treating the lower back region. There are many benefits that you would get after getting the Kati Basti treatment. Given below are some of the benefits that you would start seeing almost immediately. We have also listed several indications that you must look out for, for which you should get this treatment.

  • With the Kati Basti treatment, blood and oxygen are circulated through your lower back region, thanks to the herbal oil infused into the flour dough well. As a result, all your muscles and nerves are nourished and strengthened.
  • In addition to pacifying the main site of Vata, Kati Basti (or Vasti) alleviates soreness, pains, and tension in the lower back. It can also help to restore flexibility and mobility to your back muscles.
  • During this treatment, any chronic pain you may have in your lumbar and sacral areas will be relieved. This Ayurvedic treatment also helps in treating painful muscle spasms, degenerative conditions, and stiffness as well.
  • The heat from the oil used in this treatment would cause increased blood flow, which in turn helps relieve pain.
  • The heat also reduces swelling, thus easing pressure on nerve endings.
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You should opt for the Kati Basti treatments in case you are experiencing any of the following ailments.

  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Compressed discs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Disc Prolapse
  • Degenerative spine changes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Ankylosing Spondylosis


Ayurvedic treatment at home from Yes Madam
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The ‘Kati Vasti’ treatment is very different from any massage technique that you would get at a spa for several reasons. Firstly, it makes use of specific techniques that are present only in the age-old science of Ayurveda. Besides that, it is a green therapy, meaning it only makes the use of herbal and natural substances like black lentil flour and Ayurvedic herbs. The complex Ayurvedic formulation and herbal oils used in this treatment work very efficiently to treat back aches and muscle ailments.

Patanjali is a well-known brand in India, not just because it is an Indian brand but because it is one of the top-rated brands selling natural and herbal products. From hair care to body care products, Patanjali brings to you all-natural, Ayurvedic formulations. The collaboration of Yes Madam and Patanjali thus gives you the opportunity of getting amazing spa benefits and body treatments with herbal and Ayurvedic formulations. In fact, you can also get yourself a ‘Kati Vasti’ treatment and other salon services at home now at the comforts of your home, brought to you by Yes Madam and Patanjali!

Also, read about how often it is recommended to get a full body massage.

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