Exertion and overwork lead to stiffness and pain in the neck region which at times is very annoying and agonizing. One becomes fidgety and restless because of such pain. To lessen the pain in the neck area the best option and treatment in ayurveda is greeva vasti. Greeva in Sanskrit means neck and vasti means retention. It is one of the parts of the panchakarma treatments.Greeva refers to the neck region .
The treatment is done after analyzing the prakruti, dosha and vidruti of the patient meticulously. The patient is made to lie face down on the Droni. A special ring of dough is made and is placed gently on the neck region where the problem exists. Warm Oil is poured gently in a constant and a continuous stream. It is retained inside the ring for some time. When it gets cool it is soaked with cotton and fresh lukewarm oil is poured the same way it was done earlier.
The same is repeated during the whole procedure. The duration of the treatment is 30 to 40 minutes. This treatment plays a vital role in alleviating the pain associated with cervical spondylitis, stiff neck and shoulder.The treatment is done for 7 days to a fortnight. The selection of the oil is again as per the body constitution and severity of the problem.
It gives relief in headache and giddiness too. It strengthens the muscles and alleviates the muscle spasm and rigidity. It lubricates and nourishes the bones and nerves. The treatment reduces pain and inflammation and it also reduces the radiating pain to the hands.