An ayurvedic management of sciatica (gridhrasi) by panchtikta ksheer basti and majja basti – a case study


  • Suryakant D. Waghmare Professor, Shalyatantra Dept.,Govt.Ayurved College, Osmanabad.
  • Rahul S. Karhade PG Scholar, Shalyatantra Dept.,Govt. Ayurved College, Osmanabad.


Ayurveda, Sciatica, Gridhrasi, Panchatikta ksheer Basti, Majja Basti


Sciatica is a condition in which the patient has back pain and is unable to straighten up. Pain radiates to the buttock and lower limbs and is associated with paraesthesia or numbness in the legs or foot. There is often history of lifting of heavy objects, trauma, prolonged working in forward bending position etc. About 90% of the time sciatica is due to spinal disc herniation pressing one of the lumbar or sacral nerve roots. Some other causes are Piriformis syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis etc. According to ayurvedic literature the signs and symptoms of sciatica resembles with Gridhrasi. Gridhrasi is discussed in ayurvedic literature under the heading of vata vyadhi. The cardinal signs and symptoms of gridhrasi are pain arises from lower back and radiates to lumbar region, buttock, calf region, then foot and even toes. Here in this case study the patient is suffering from sciatic pain due to herniation of L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels. Patient was treated with one course of panchatikta ksheer basti and Majja Basti for 16 days each along with sarvanga snehana, sarvanga swedana, kati basti and internal medicines like ashwagandha, guduchi, shatavari churna and Triphala guggulu. Patient was admitted for 38 days in Male shalya ward and completely recovered from sciatic pain.


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Waghmare, S. D., & Karhade, R. S. (2018). An ayurvedic management of sciatica (gridhrasi) by panchtikta ksheer basti and majja basti – a case study. Ayurline: International Journal of Research in Indian Medicine, 2(04). Retrieved from