Kati in Sanskrit is referred to the lower back. Katibasti is an Ayurvedic treatment designed and performed to treat lower back problems. The procedure is performed by making a sealed wall of black gram powder or wheat powder on an individual’s lower back. A lukewarm medicated oil is poured inside the sealed wall in a continuous stream. The oil is retained and soaked for a certain time period.

Katibasti helps relieve the tension built-up in the lower back, and successfully treats spasms, ache, and pain. In the case of spondylitis and sciatic pain, a physician often recommends Katibasti to the individual.