Greeva vasti is a sanskrit word in which greeva means neck and vasti means retention. Greeva vasti is a specialized ayurvedic therapy which is part of panchkarma and is performed for the diseases related to cervical region. The procedure involves retention of warm medicated oil over the neck region for a stipulated period of time.
Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates the prakruti, vikruti and dosha imbalance of the patient before prescribing medicated oil to be used for greeva vasti.
On the day of procedure, patient is asked to lie face down on the massage table. Ayurvedic therapist prepares a tough dough of the black gram powder or wheat powder. This dough is used to make a circular or rectangular boundary in the greeva region (nape of neck). Lukewarm medicated oil is poured and retained for some time in this reservoir. When the oil starts to cool down, it is squeezed using cotton and more warm oil is poured in it. This procedure is repeated for 30 to 40 minutes depending upon the patient requirement. This is followed by gentle massage of the area.
Indications for Greeva vasti
- Pain and stiffness in neck
- Headache and giddiness
- Cervical spondylosis
- Referred pain in hands
- Shoulder pain
- Sore muscles
- Upper back aches etc.
Benefits of Greeva Vasti
- Strengthen the muscles, bones and connective tissue
- Maintains normal structure and working of neck region
- Removes the muscle spasm and rigidity
- Inhibit degeneration
- Improves circulation
- Lubricates the joints and promotes their flexibility
- Reduces numbness, pain and inflammation of neck
- Nourishes the muscles, bones and nerves