Vastikarma is the procedure by which the medicines in suspension form are administered through rectum or genitourinary tract using Vastiyantra. It is the most important procedure among Panchakarma procedures and the most appropriate remedial measure for Vatadosha.
Vasti or Basti means enema therapy, Basti is one of the treatment among Panchakarma for vata predominating disorders. It is of 2 types:
Sneha vasti: This is medicated oil enema; it is beneficial for constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache and dryness. The treatment nourishes and rebuilds the body tissues (Dhatus), restores and fortifies the body’s immunity. This promotes better nutrition while removing accumulated toxins (Malas) from the colon. Prior to this procedure the individual’s body is prepared by massage and steam bath especially for the stomach and lower back.
Niruha vasti: This treatment is normally done after a course of Snehavasti. This is a cleansing enema where combinations of honey, salt, oil, herbal paste, and herbal decoction are administered as per the patient’s requirement and health condition. This treatment is effective for treating arthritis, constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, rheumatism, sciatica, etc.
Vasti helps to cure the Retention of stool, urine and flatus, loss of strength, muscle atrophy, Facial Paralysis, Paralysis, Seminal loss, Loss of sexual appetite, Weight loss, Obesity, Worm infestations, Lumbago, Convulsive disorders, Painful muscular-skeletal disorders, Neurological disorders, Gynecological disorders, Heaviness of the body etc.
Benefits of Basti or Vasti is regarded as half of the whole treatment and sometimes the complete treatment due to its wide range of effects upon the body. It prevents the ageing process of the body, promotes happiness, longevity and strength. It enhances the power of digestion and metabolism. It enriches semen and promotes strength. It is harmless for the infants, old persons and the youth.
- Helps to restore metabolic fire (AGNI)
- Eliminates AMA (toxins) and strengthens tissue functions.
- Assists in balancing all three doshas.
- Helps implement a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Reduces stress, improves relaxation & tolerance.
- Slows the aging process.
- Boosts the immunity levels.
- Improves strength, endurance, and vitality.
Neurological disorders – Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Sciatica, parkinson’s disease etc. Rheumotological disorders – Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lumbago, Osteo Arthritis, Myalgia etc. Digestive disorders Chronic Fever Secondary Amenorrhea, etc.