Katibasti is a specialized upkarma of Panchakarma treatment used to strengthen muscles of the lower back muscles and to improve the functioning of the back, especially vertebral muscular activities like bending. This treatment is absolutely safe and gives quick relief to patients who suffer from pain, stiffness and inflammation in the lumbar region.


  • Low back ache
  • Sciatica
  • Lumbar spondylitis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Slip disc
  • Degeneration of vertebral disc
  • Paralysis of lower body


Katibasti is carried out by fixing a mould on the lower back, on either side of vertebral column and around the diseased vertebrae, with the help of kneaded black gram dough. This mould is filled with either medicated oil or the medicine prescribed by the physician. It is kept warm or replaced by warm medicines every 5 min, for 40 min. Then the medicine is carefully removed and the back is cleaned thoroughly.


Before procedure:
No specific precautions are required except following the instructions for the underlying disease

After therapy:
There are no specific dietary restrictions after Katibasti


  • Reduction in low back pain
  • Improvement in movement of the backbone
  • Better exercise tolerance.
  • Increased capacity
  • Decreased weakness


Although simple, Janubasti is a highly potent treatment. One must take care that the medicines used are of a tolerable temperature and not too hot.

Careful preparation and post procedural care is a must. All procedural steps must be followed without any shortcuts.