Vasti is the most important of the therapies in Panchakarma. It involves the introduction of herbal oils and decoctions into the colon through rectum. Of the three humours,only Vitta,the prime abode of which is the large intestine,has the power of mobility. When its movement is affected, the functions of the other two humours are also adversely affected.
In Sanskrit ‘Vasti’ means bladder. A special device consisting of a small tube and bladder is used to administer the medicine. Traditionally , urinary bladders of cows and buffaloes were used and that is how the therapy got its name.
In Nirooha vasti,herbal decoctions are used and in Anuvasana or Snehavasti, medicated oils. Oil and sweat therapies precede vasti. The appropriate time for performing vasti is one or two hours before noon. Vasti is never performed immediately after meals. The herbal fluid is allowed to remain in the colon for a specific period for proper absorption. When it is let out, toxins from the dhatus are eliminated along with the faecal matter.
Vasti is not recommended for patients suffering from diarrhoea, asthma, piles or diabetes. As in the case of vamana, after vasti, Peyadikarma or a diet regimen has to be adhered to strictly .
- Back Ache
- Dryness of the body
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Avascular necrosis of bones
- Atrophic conditions of the muscles
- Neurological disorders / diseases of the brain
- Increase in appetite
- A feeling of lightness in the body
- Increase in the mobility of the joints
- Complete evacuation of the bowels.
- Oleation of the entire body, especially the GI tract
- Improvement in the activity of the nervous system
- Reduction in pains and aches in the joints and muscles