Ayurveda offers the best remedies for neck pain and related painful conditions. Among all the remedies available for neck pain (acute and / or chronic), Greeva Basti is the most popular one. The word Greeva refers to neck and Basti stands for retaining something inside mainly medicated oil. It is an Ayurvedic neck care and basically a hot oil therapy.
The person undergoing Greeva Basti is made to lie face down on the massage table.The dough is prepared out of black gram flour or whole wheat flour. It is then made into a small ring of four to five inches in diameter which is placed over the neck to cover all the vertebrae of the neck and 2-3 vertebrae of the thoracic region. After it is glued with some water to make it leak proof, luke warm medicated oil or the decoction of herbs is slowly poured into it. When this cools down it is squeezed out and replaced with warmer one. At the end of the procedure the dough in removed; a gentle massage is given over the area.