Dr. Leena Athparia, ND

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ayurvedic Therapies - Part 2: Kati Basti

Intro: What is Ayurveda and What Can it Treat?
Part 1 - Nasya (Nasal Herbal Oil Application)

Next in this series, we will explore Part 2: Kati Basti, a traditional Ayurvedic therapy for relieving tension in the neck, back and spine.

Kati Basti: Localized Herbal Oil Application

This tradition treatment relieves pain and promotes healing on the spine and surrounding muscles, nerves and tissue.  Warm oil is applied on a localized area of the spine which is retained for therapeutic effects. It is a deep tissue therapy that relieves tension, pain and promotes healing. Excellent for spinal issues, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, low back pain & neck pain. It can be beneficial for concerns related to low back pain such as endometriosis, chronic menstrual pain, digestive issues and more.


The Ayurvedic practitioner identifies the area of the health concern in a brief assessment to customize the treatment. Lying face down, a ring of dough is applied to the individual to create a pool in which warm medicinal oil is poured gently and retained.  This oil provides natural pressure to help the spine, muscles and nerves readjust to their natural balance.  The medicinal properties in the oil are absorbed deep into the tissues and act on the local area to reduce pain, inflammation and fatigue. Steam may be applied to the area to allow the oils to penetrate through the pores into the tissues, and promote muscle relaxation.

Benefits of Kati Basti:

  • Relieves neck & back tension
  • Strengthens the spine
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Nourishes skin, muscle & nerves
  • Restores flexibility in the spine
  • Corrects postural imbalances

Kati Basti treatment lasts one hour. Treatments are often recommended in close succession and can be very beneficial when paired with other Ayurvedic therapies. For chronic spinal issues, several treatments are recommended to relieve pain and promote healing. If you have tried conventional massages, chiropractic, acupuncture or other therapies but still looking for relief, Kati Basti may be right for you! 

All Ayurvedic therapies are customized according to your constitution and health concerns. It is advised to have an initial naturopathic consultation with Dr. Leena Athparia, ND before proceeding to ayurvedic therapies so that the treatments can be customized according to your needs. To book an appointment, contact Dr. Leena Athparia, ND


  1. Hello Dr. Athparia,
    Is this a one time treatment?

    1. Hello Daxa,
      It is generally best done in a series of treatments, depending on how serious or chronic the back issue is.