Greeva Basti is a specialized Ayurvedic therapy used to treat various ailments like Musculoskeletal disorders Pain and stiffness in the neck, Cervical spondylitis, Disc bulge, Ankylosing spondylitis, Neurological disorders, etc.
“Greeva” means Cervical (neck) region and “vasti” means “that which holds”. Greeva Vasti is a procedure in which the specified medicated oil is retained for a stipulated period in the cervical region by creating a wall using black gram flour. It is done by one (if needed two) qualified therapist to the specific area of the cervical region with the help of medicated oil prescribed by an Ayurvedic consultant in a systematic way
- Increases the blood circulation to the neck region
- Relieves the neck stiffness
- Lubricates the cervical vertebral joints
- Helps to relieve the neck, shoulder, and upper limbs pain
- Reduces the swelling in the cervical region
- Reduces the radiating pain due to cervical spondylitis
- Relieves the numbness in the upper limbs
- Increase the muscles strength in the Neck region
This procedure is performed for 30 TO 40 MIN.
The treatment duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition.
Treatment Course Duration
7 days, 14 days
The treatment course duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition.
Mode of Action of Greeva Vasti
The therapeutic action of Greeva Vasti depends on
- The pharmacological Action of the selected medicine.
- The snehana (obligation) effect.
- The Sweden(sudation) affect
- The maintained temperature during the procedure
The back of the neck includes the cervical spine and the muscles and ligaments that surround and support it. The cervical spine is made up of seven bones called cervical vertebrae. The first two are slightly different from the rest, as they attach the spine to the skull and allow the head to turn from side to the side called Atlas and Axis. The lower five cervical vertebrae are roughly cylindrical – a bit like small tin cans – with bony projections.
When the treatment procedure starts, the first organ which will be in contact with the medicine is the skin, Skin is a large, highly complex organ and structurally integrated organ system and the component of the skin are cutaneous membranes associated with hairs, nails, and exocrine glands, the cutaneous membrane has two components, superficial epithelium or epidermis and the underlying connective tissue of the dermis.
The Quality of the skin is supported by an extensive network of blood vessels, and sensory receptors that monitor touch, pressure, temperature, and pain The cervical spine region is surrounded by nerves, connective tissues, muscles, and spinal segments.
Our body is made up of different types of cells and each cell membrane is made up of Phospholipids, lipid-soluble substances can easily cross the cell membrane because of this the base of the medicine that we use is in lipid form (medicated oils)
When the procedure starts, medicated oil crosses the cell membrane through the skin, and the functions of phospholipids will increase thereby acting as a carrier for various cellular elements or impurities which are responsible for the formation of diseases, The Luke warm oil will increase the temperature to more than 2 to 3c in the localized area, by which vasodilatation will happen and the blood circulation will increase and necessary oxygen and nutrition materials are supplied and the free radicals which are responsible for the disease will be removed.
This therapy produces a sedative effect because of the pharmacological action of the used medicine like Anti-inflammatory action, Analgesic action, muscle relaxant, gives the proper space to the nerves to travel through the spine, etc. and also acts as a counter-irritant which is the thermal stimulus and may affect the pain sensation. It also induces muscles relaxation and increases the efficiency of muscle activity as the increased blood supply ensures the optimum condition for muscle contraction; it nourishes the muscle, bone and nerve, cartilage and lubricates the joint, and stops the denegation of the cervical spine and vertebral column because of the therapeutic action of the medicine and procedure.
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Cervical spondylitis
- Referred pain in hands
- Headache and giddiness
- Shoulder pain
- Cervical Disc Herniation