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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-45

Kati Basti - A Clinical Study

1 Assistant Director (Ay), Central Research Institute of Ayurveda, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, India
2 Research Officer (Ay), CCRAS, Janakpuri, New Delhi, India
3 Director, Central Research Institute of Ayurveda, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, India

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The classical Panchakarma is a purification process. But Keraliya - Panchakarma has been derived and evolved as a health-promotion system. Kati Basti is a specialized technique of Keraliya Panchakarma in which warm medicated oil is put on Kati (lumbo-sacral region) for a specified period of time (say 40 to 45 minutes) while the patient is lying prone. The present pilot, open, clinical study was launched with a view to observe the effect of Kati Basti in 27 patients of Katishoola (low backache)/ Gridhrasi (Sciatica). Luke warm Mahanarayana taila was filled up into the trough (temp. 40 degree approx) and was kept for to 45 minutes. The procedure was carried out regularly, daily for 7 to 15 days according to the severity of the disease. Maximum prevalence of disease was observed in middle aged (38-40) and elderly (58-68). Maximum number of patients presented with difficulty in walking and low backache. Maximum number of patients of Katishoola/Gridhrasi/both showed Vataj prakriti. 15 patients showed pain during straight leg raising. After Kati Basti patients showed improvement in symptoms like low backache, pain thighs & legs, difficulty in walking, numbness soles & legs. Out of 27 patients, 5 showed good response, 4 showed poor response & 2 were lama.

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