The panchakarma procedures of Ayurveda are peculiar in nature. They bring out the best results and are completely reliable.
Vasti is one of the panchakarma procedures. Vasti in Sanskrit means ‘bladder’. The literal meaning of vasti is ‘that which can retain ‘.
Vasti is the procedure where the medicine is administered through the anus, and the contents of the alimentary canal are purged out. There are different kinds of vasti like Janu vasti, Kati vasti, shirovasti, etc. In these methods, the oil is retained in a particular part to alleviate the symptoms of diseases.
There are mainly three types of vasti.
The medicinal drugs when administered through the lower orifices, they cause the downward expulsion of the entire contents of the alimentary canal.
Vasti is mainly given in conditions of Vata dosha vitiation. It can be administered in case of neurological disorders like paraplegia, sciatica, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
In rheumatological disorders, digestive disorders, and chronic fever also vasti can be administered.
But in pregnant women, old people, in people with cough, vomiting, piles, ascitis, etc, it should not be administered.
Firstly, we concoct the vasti medicine. By mixing all the ingredients in the chronological order, the medicine is immaculately prepared.
We need a vasti putaka (plastic bag or animal bladder) and vasti netra (with which the medicine is administered.
On the day of vasti, we perform therapy using oil and the process of perspiration is induced.
Then we advise the patient to lie in the left lateral position by flexing the right knee and extending the left leg.
The medicine is then administered in the direction of the vertebrae, in a continuous stream.
We then apply therapy on the abdomen to spread the medicine and ask the patient to wait.
The time of expulsion varies for different types of vasti, once expelled we ask the patient to rest and abstain from having heavy food.
Vasti has surprising effects on the body.
The body is cleansed entirely, the sensory faculties are strengthened, symptoms of the diseases are alleviated and the patient feels rejuvenated altogether.
* Outcomes may vary from person to person