Prishta Vasti is a specialized Ayurvedic therapy used to treat various ailments like Musculoskeletal disorders like Ankylosing Spondylitis, post trauma conditions, fractures of the spine, spinal cord diseases, Katishoola (back pain), chronic backache, degenerative spine changes, compressed discs and spinal nerves, disc prolapse, osteoporosis etc.

“Prishta” means whole back region from cervical to Lumbar region and “vasti” means “that which holds”. Prishta Vasti is a procedure in which the specified medicated oil is retained for a stipulated period in the whole back region by creating a wall using black gram flour. It is done by two qualified therapists to the whole spine region with the help of medicated oil prescribed by an Ayurvedic consultant in a systematic way.


  • Reduces inflammation and pain of the whole spine
  • Purifies and improves blood circulation to the  whole spine
  • Eliminates stiffness and spasms of muscles around the spinal area
  • Nourishes and strengthens the bones, connective tissues, ligaments, and nerves of the whole spine.
  • Reduces the radiating pain to the vertebral column
  • Relieves the numbness of the spinal area
  • Maintains the curvature of the spine

Treatment Duration

30 TO 35 MIN

The treatment duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition

Treatment Course Duration

7 days, 14 days, 21 days

The treatment course duration depends on the consulting physician and the severity of the condition.

Mode of Action of Prishta Vasti

The therapeutic action of Pristha Vasti depends on

  • The pharmacological Action of the selected medicine.
  • The Snehana (oleation) effect.
  • The Swedana (sudation) affect
  • The maintained temperature during the procedure

The quality of the skin is supported by an extensive network of blood vessels, and sensory receptors that monitor touch, pressure, temperature, and pain. Our body is made up of different types of cells, and each cell membrane is made up of Phospholipids, lipid-soluble substances that 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 and act as a carrier for various cellular elements or impurities which are responsible for the formation of diseases.

In Pristha vasti continuous warm oil application over the whole spine area for a period of 30 to 4o min increases the blood flow over the back region and helps to get the good nutrition and pain-relieving biochemicals of the affected area. It also helps to reduce local toxins, waste materials, and pain-producing bio-chemicals from the affected area.

It helps to restore local damage to the ligaments, tendons, surrounding muscles, and intra-vertebral discs.

This therapy produces a sedative effect because of the pharmacological action of the used medicine like anti-inflammatory action, analgesic action, muscle relaxant, etc., and acts as a counter-irritant which is the thermal stimulus and may affect the pain sensation.