In Sanskrit, ‘Greeva’ means neck and ‘Basti’ means to retain. Greeva Basti is an age-old treatment used to address acute and chronic neck conditions. In the modern-day, sedentary lifestyle involving sitting hours in front of computer screens can cause neck pain and other conditions, Greeva Basti effectively addresses neck pain and related painful conditions, providing long term benefits.
How Greeva Vasti Works
Greeva Vasti operates through Sweda (sweating) and falls under the Panchakarma strain of treatments. Sweda is performed with the help of warmed medicated oil held in a container and placed at the spot of discomfort on the back of the neck. This helps to relieve affected areas.
After this procedure, Abhyanga (massage) is lightly performed on the patient.
Greeva Vasti is recommended in the morning if kapha dosha is dominant (neck stiffness), in the noon if pitta predominates (burning sensations or inflammation), and in the evening if vata is dominant (pain).
Many oils can be used in Greeva Vasti and Abhyanga massage. Some examples are: Ksheerabala tailam, Mahamasha tailam, Mahanarayana tailam, Kottamchukkadi tailam, Balashwagandhadi tailam, Ashwagandhabalalakshadi tailam, Sahacharadi tailam, Murivenna, Pinda tailam, Tiktaka ghritam, and Til tailam (sesame oil).
The performance of Greeva Vasti on an empty stomach is preferable because the patient will have to lie on his or her back for a significant amount of time.
Why is Greeva Vasti Important?
Greeva Vasti is important in relieving the strain of the neck, which is the largest portion of the spine (the spinal cord occupying only a minimal amount). This treatment is important to relieve neck pain as it provides significant and lasting relief from even the most acute ailment(s).
Greeva Vasti helps in alleviating:
- Cervical spondylosis
- Sprains and strains
- Tension and headaches
- Migraines with aura
- Wry neck (Torticollis)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Spinal stenosis
- Slipped herniated disc
Benefits Of Greeva Basti
Greeva Basti is a soothing neck therapy where a generous quantity of herbal oils are retained on the neck to relieve occasional pain, inflammation, and stiffness. The warm herbal oil allows absorption into muscles, ligaments, and tendons, thereby relaxing the neck and healing any underlying conditions, calming pain and stiffness. The therapy additionally de-stresses the entire body.
- Helps relieve occasional neck pain and inflammation
Heals past injuries, inflammation and recurring neck pain, gently and effectively.
- Improves flexibility
The medicated oil enhances flexibility and promotes the smooth movement of the neck.
- Lubricates joints
Greeva Basti lubricates the joints of the necks and helps address stiffness, allowing smooth movement.
- Softens rigidity
Helps relieve the burden of stress and congestion in nerves, bones, and muscles, relaxes and rejuvenates them
- Improves blood circulation
The therapy enhances active blood circulation around the neck and strengthens the spine.
- Helps heal compression fractures and frozen shoulders
Greeva Basti addresses underlying conditions like compression fractures and frozen shoulders.
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