warm medicated oil
Kateevasthi is done by retaining certain amount of warm medicated oil on the low back of the body. This is one of the most effective treatments for many degenerative disorders of that area. Diseases like chronic back ache, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, lumbago, osteoarthritis, weakness of lower limbs etc. are treated using Kateevasthi.
Being a localized form of treatment, its effects are superior. First it stops the degeneration of the disc which causes the back pain, and in the later stages of treatment, the degeneration even starts reducing.
To start the treatment, the person is preconditioned by applying warm oil on his head. Then he lies comfortably on the treatment table; face down. Black gram paste, is thickly applied around the affected part (low back), to retain the oil for prolonged period. Into this, warm oil is poured to a height of 1 to 2 inches. The oil heat is ensured to be constant throughout the process. For this, the used oil is periodically replaced with fresh, warm oil. The process goes on for about 40 to 50 minutes.
Such prolonged oil treatment of the lower spinal chord, which is continued for 2 or 3 weeks reduces the nerve compression of those areas and relieves most of the degenerative diseases.Medicated oils such as Dhanwantharam and Sahacharathi are the most commonly used ones. More than 40 different types of herbs are used in the preparation of these oils. Few of the important herbs and spices used are bale,White Leadwort,ten roots (Dasamoola), horse gram, sandal, liquorice,Boswellia, fenugreek,Vetiver, cedrus etc. Ten roots, commonly known as Dasamoola, is an effective pain killer.
For effective results internal herbal medicines like Kashayam (decoction) and Lehyam (semisolid) are also given along with the oil treatment