Vasti is an important therapy in Ayurveda, particularly in Panchakarma treatments. It involves the administration of a medicated enema using herbal oils or a decoction of medicinal herbs. Vasti is primarily used to cleanse and rejuvenate the colon and is considered the best treatment for Vata dosha disorders. Here are some key details about Vasti:
It is a method of administering enemas with medicated decoctions, oils, ghee or milk through the anal route. Based on the medicaments we used, vasthi are of 2 types ie, Niruha vasthi (medicated decoctions) and Anuvasana vasthi (Medicated oils or ghee).
Duration: The duration of a Vasti treatment typically ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
Therapist: The treatment is performed by one therapist who specializes in administering Vasti.
Benefits: Vasti therapy can provide relief and support in various conditions such as arthritis, hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body), numbness in the limbs, gastric complaints, rheumatism, chronic constipation, and low back pain.
Mechanism: The medicinal enema used in Vasti helps to eliminate toxins and harmful substances from the colon. It also aids in restoring the natural balance of the intestinal flora, promoting healthy digestion, and alleviating Vata-related imbalances.