Greeva Basti

Ayurveda is strictly followed and worshiped at Chithrakoota Ayurveda, Kundapura. Ayurvedic remedies heals the spirit and minds instead of just treating the affected body parts. It is based on purification of the body in a natural way and the environment created helps remove all toxins and help regain body’s natural tolerance or resistance from the diseases and help rejuvenate your body and regain your good health.The modern lifestyle has its own pros and cons. People nowadays are extremely ambitious to achieve something. They put all the energy and concentration into their work. In time, people turn into workaholics, which involves a continuous and glued sitting position, more exposure to computers and lack of body movements. Further, this leads to problems in the area of neck, shoulder and spine. If not taken care of this can turn into critical health issues.

Lets understand what causes discomfort in the neck and shoulder area:

  • Lack of Movement : This causes muscles to become weak. Weak muscles make the joints work harder. When you are less physically active you become unfit and your level of pain increases.
  • Excessive sitting : This causes slower metabolism, compromised posture and the worst effect is  neck and spine pain.
  • Incorrect position of sleep : Often you may experience inability in movements of neck as soon as you get up from a long sleep. This may be due to wrong position or wrong size of pillow.

Greeva Basti addresses these issues effectively.

What is Greeva Basti?

The word Greeva refers to neck and Basti stands for retaining something inside mainly medicated oil. It is an Ayurvedic neck care therapy which is basically a hot oil therapy. Greeva Basti is bathing the neck region with medicated oil or freshly prepared natural herbal decoction. The procedure involves administering a person herbal oil around the neck region.

Oils used in Greeva Basti:

Karpasathyadi taila : It is used in Ayurvedic procedures like Basti, Dhara, Nasya etc. Useful in treating neck pain, back pain, wrist pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis etc. This oil is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda practice. Karpasa asthi means cotton seed, which is the first ingredient of this oil.

Prasinyadi taila : It is used to in many Ayurvedic therapies like Greeva basti, Kati basti and Abhyanga etc. Used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, neck pain, stiffness etc.

It is used internally also. It is useful to relieve numbness, pain and stiffness.

Kottamcchukadi taila : Is an Ayurvedic oil used in the treatment of  Vata disorders causing neuro muscular pains, sciatica, spondylosis etc. It helps to relieve pain and inflammation. It is useful to relieve numbness, pain and stiffness.


The person undergoing Greeva Basti is made to lie face down on the table. The dough is prepared out of black gram flour or whole wheat flour. It is then made into a small ring o which is placed over the neck to cover all the vertebrae of the neck and the thoracic region. Lukewarm medicated oil or the decoction of herbs is slowly poured into it. When this cools down it is squeezed out and replaced with warmer one.  At the end of the procedure the dough is removed; a gentle massage is given over the area. The duration varies from person to person.

Benefits of Greeva Basti:

  1. Improves flexibility and brings smooth movement of neck area.
  2. Improves circulation around the neck and shoulder region.
  3. Relieves pain and stiffness.
  4. Relieves the burden of stress in nerves, bones and muscles of the neck and shoulders.

Ayurveda has proved its ability in treating different health problems and effectively decreasing pain. Not only in India, but also worldwide people are effectively getting the benefits from various amazing Ayurvedic therapies and gaining huge benefits from this natural relieving method. Greeva Basti is an excellent therapy which not only help in getting relief from neck and shoulder stress but also gives you a remarkable reduction in terms of pain. Chithrakoota Ayurveda not only aims at keeping a person healthy, but also refreshing their mind, body and soul. Contact Chithrakoota Ayurveda today to book your session for Greeva Basti Therapy.

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