A CONCEPTUAL REVIEW ON BASTI WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO KATI BASTI
*Dr. Deepa Ramesh Talekar and Dr. Jyoti Vinod Tanpure
The word 'Basti' is used here with the meaning of “to reside” or “to retain”. In 'Kati Basti' the medicine is made to retain over the Kati Pradesha for a prescribed period. None of our classics have explanations about Kati Basti as such. But when we go through the classics, some of the procedures have close resemblance with the Kati Basti followed now a day. Because of the contextual importance these procedures are reviewed in brief. Shiro Basti is the procedure in which the Sneha is made retain over the scalp with help of Masha Pishti and a Charma Patta (leather sheet) for a specified period of time. Observing the results of above procedures the later physicians developed a similar procedure over Kati and named it as Kati Basti. In this way, Kati Basti is evolved. Today, the same is performed over the Janu and Greeva regions and named respectively as Janu Basti & Greeva Basti. This procedure is unique, in the sense comprising both Snehana and Swedana or it may be put like this „Sneha yukta Sweda‟. This therapy is in practice in the management of conditions like Kati Shoola, Kati Graha and Prista Graha which is included under Nanatmaja Vata Vyadhi.
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