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About Kativasti

Kativasti is a special type of Ayurvedic treatment for the lower back or lumbar. The word Kativasti consists of two words, Kati and Vasti. Kati means waist or lower back and vasti means to retain something inside. It is considered an Ayurvedic lumbosacral rejuvenation therapy using herbal decoctions or hot oil. The duration of Kativasti treatment is 30 minutes.

The Kativasti treatment procedure involves dough made of whole flour or black gram flour and water. A herbal decoction or medicated oil is selected according to the individual’s bodily constitution and doshas. The person lies down and the dough is placed like a ring in the lumbosacral area of the spine. It is then glued with lukewarm water after which the herbal decoction or medicated oil is poured into it.

The medicated herbal oil remains in the confinements of the dough mold. Its therapeutic properties eventually permeate and reach the tissues.  


The Kativasti treatment is known to be helpful for people with lower back pain. Once the therapy process begins, the therapeutic properties of the herbal oil start nourishing, healing, and strengthening the tissues and muscles in the area. It helps with various lower back concerns like sciatica, intervertebral disc prolapses, lumbar spondylitis, and lumbago.

  • Reduces pain and inflammation in the body
  • Lubricates your joints
  • Nourishes and strengthens the bones, ligaments, connective tissues, nerves, and muscles of the lumbosacral region.
  • Pacifies the Vata dosha
  • Removes rigidity and spasm of the muscles around the lumbosacral region
  • Improves blood circulation in the lower back
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