This is a special ayurvedic treatment for a variety of heart diseases including angina pectoris
- The patient undertaking Hrid Basti lies face down on the massage table (Droni)
- A dough is prepared out of black gram or whole wheat flour. It is shaped into a small ring of four to five inches in diameter which is placed over the chest to cover the heart.
- After it is fixed with some water to render it leakproof, the lukewarm medicated oil or the herbal decoction is slowly poured into circle. After this has cooled it is drawn out and replaced with more warm oil or herbal decoction.
- At the end of the procedure the dough is removed; a gentle massage is given over the area.
Hrid Basti in Sanskrit refers to Hridaya, the heart and Basti, the container or retainer.
This therapy is also called Urobasti (Uro=chest and basti=retaining something inside). Hrid Basti is in essence an oil bath for the heart where a medicated hot oil preparation or freshly prepared herbal decoction is poured over the heart region. Hridaya, the heart is considered as one among the trimarma (three vital areas) measuring about four fingers (four anguli pramana), covering heart, middle of sternum.