Ayurveda is an ancient system of health care native to the Indian subcontinent, now hyped considerably by the West. Though an ancient practice, Ayurveda is up to this day in daily use by millions of people in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka; indirectly acting as a major influence on Unani, Chinese and Tibetan Medicine. Kadivasthi is a major Ayurvedic therapy that treats back pain and spinal disorders.
Kadivasthi therapy entails retention of specially prepared warm medicated oil over the lower back with herbal paste boundary. The warm oil rests in a pool over the patient's back and is kept in that manner for minimum 45 minutes to maximum 1hour. Kadivasthi Ayurvedic therapy is supposed to be good for any type of back pain and spinal disorders. Lumbar spondilysis, inter vertebral disc prolapse, lumbago (low backache) etc. receives considerable relief by kadivasthi.
"Ayurveda" translated as the "knowledge of life" is concerned with measures to protect "ayus", roughly translated as life energy, which includes healthy living along with therapeutic measures that relate to physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony. Ayurveda notably, is also one among the few traditional systems of medicine to contain a sophisticated system of surgery (which is referred to as "salya-chikitsa").
Ayurveda tourism in India is now quite popular particularly among the foreigners. The West, always fascinated with the ancient practices of the orient, now have learned to fall back on the remedies offered by Ayurveda and Yoga in the form of massage, beauty treatments, therapies, to rid themselves of chronic ailments without so much as a sniff of chemicals.