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Kati Vasti

INTRODUCTION

Kati vasti is a specialized Ayurvedic therapy used to treat various ailments like Musculo-skeletal disorders like lumbar spondylitis, sciatica, disc herniation, disc prolapse, scoliosis, spina bifida, Ankylosing spondylitis.

“Kati” means lower back region and “vasti” means “that which holds”. Kati Vasti is a procedure in which the specified medicated oil is retained for a stipulated period in the low back area by creating a wall using black gram flour. It is done by two qualified therapist (some time one therapist can also perform the therapy) to the specific area of the lower back with the help of medicated oil prescribed by an Ayurvedic consultant in a systematic way

BENEFITS

  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Purifies and improves blood circulation around the lumbar area
  • Eliminates stiffness and spasms of muscles around the lumbar area
  • Nourishes and strengthens the bones, connective tissues, ligaments, and nerves of umbar region.
  • Reduces the radiating pain to the lower limbs
  • Relieves the numbness of the lower limbs
  • Maintains the curvature of the spine

TREATMENT DURATION

30 TO 35 MIN

The treatment duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition

 

TREATMENT COURSE DURATION

7 days, 14 days, 21 days

The treatment course duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition.

MODE OF ACTION OF KATI VASTI

The therapeutic action of Kati Vasti is depends on

  • The pharmacological Action of the selected medicine.
  • The snehana (oileation) effect.
  • The swedana(sudation) affect
  • The maintained temperature during the procedure

The Quality of the skin is supported by an extensive network of blood vessels, and sensory receptors that monitor touch, pressure, temperature and pain

Our body is made up of different types of cells and each cell membrane is made up of Phospholipids, lipid soluble substances can easily cross the cell membrane because of this the base of the medicine which we use is in lipid form (medicated oils)

When the procedure starts, medicated oil cross the cell membrane through the skin, and the functions of phospholipids will increase and act as a carrier for various cellular elements or impurities which are responsible for the formation of diseases.

In Kati vasti continuous warm oil application over the lower back area for a period of 30 to 4o min increases the blood flow over the lower back region and helps to get the good nutrition and pain relieving bio-chemicals of the affected area. It also helps to reduce local toxins, waste materials and pain producing bio-chemicals from the affected area.

It helps to restore local damage to the ligaments, tendons, surrounding muscles and intra-vertebral discs.

This therapy produces sedative effect because of the pharmacological action of the used medicine like Anti-inflammatory action, Analgesic action, muscle relaxant etc. and acts as a counter irritant which is the thermal stimulus and may affect the pain sensation.

INDICATIONS

  • Lumbar spondylitis
  • sciatica
  • Disc herniation
  • Compressed discs and spinal nerves
  • Scoliosis
  • Back sprain
  • Disc bulge
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • Spina bifida

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Fever: As the temperature might increase during the therapy

  • Acute Inflammation
  • Infectious diseases
  • Certain forms of cancer
  • certain skin conditions
  • Certain cardiac problem
  • Haemorrhagic disorders
  • Diarrhoea
  • Acute illness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • severe abdominal pain
  • Chronic cough

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