The Truth About GrivaBasti Therapy


Quite similar to the katibasti the procedure of applying heat to the cervical region by retaining warm medicated oil with in a specially formed frame on this area is known by the name Grivabasti. This basti is indicated in painful conditions of the cervical region like cervical spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, disc prolapse, ankylosing-pond it is, rheumatoid arthritis etc. The prescription of medicated oil for the therapy is similar to the katibasti.

To carry out the procedure of grivabasti the client is made to sit on a knee high stool, with his arm and head resting on a chest high table kept in front of him. In this position the trunk is slightly bent forwards, the neck is flexed and the forehead is resting on the table. This position of the client is most ideal for the grivabasti as the cervical region remains almost horizontal GrivaBasti Therapy.


A frame of black gram paste is made around the painful cervical region. The junction between the frame and skin is sealed to make it leak proof. Warm medicated oil is poured into this frame. This warm oil heats the affected area inducing perspiration. This is followed by massage and fomentation to this part of the body. This is the procedure of grivabasti and is similar to the procedure of katibasti.

The phrase GrivaBasti  is  from Sanskrit. The word Griva refers to neck and Basti stands for container or  retaining something inside. It is an Ayurvedic neck care and basically a hot oil therapy. GrivaBasti  is bathing the neck region with medicated oil or freshly prepared herbal decoction. 

This Ayurvedic PanchakarmaTherapy includes bathing the back of the neck using warm medicated oil or herbal decoction for 20 to 30 minutes.

It is very useful in Cervical Spondylosis, Chronic pain in the neck region, Compression fractures etc.