Vastikarma is the procedure by which the medicines in suspension form are administered through rectum or genitourinary tract using Vastiyantra (Specific Apparatus).
It is one important quotation mentioned in Charaka Samhita. Vasti is the most important procedure among Panchakarma procedure & the most appropriate remedial measure for balancing Tridosha dominated by Vatadosha. Vasti is the prime bio-cleansing procedure as it perform variety of functions like
- Samshodhana (Cleansing effect)
- Samshamana (Palliative effect)
- Vajikarana (Aphrodisiac)
- Brimhana (Nourishing effect)
- Vayahsthapana ( Rejuvenating effect) etc
Vasti performs it action mainly in large intestine and from there it regulates five types of Vata situated in different regions within the human body controlling major sensory & motor reflexes. Vasti due to its vast applicability is classified under various categorise by ancient Ayurveda Texts.
Depending upon the age, sex, disease and digestive power of the patient, type & dosage of Vasti is selected.
Having undergone Abhyanga & Swedana the patient is advised to lie down in left lateral position.
Small quantity of oil is applied on patient’s anus & nozzle of Vastiyantra.
The nozzle is gently inserted into the anal canal upto specific length & Vastiputaka containing mixture is pressed with uniform pressure.
The pressure is continued till only small quantity of fluid remains in the bag (to avoid air insertion) Then the nozzle is removed gently & the patient is allowed to lie down in supine position.
Vatadosha is responsible for the formation & spread of Sweda, Mala, Mutra & other biological substance in the body. It is the major causative factor for disease of digestive system, nervous ystem and musculo-sketal system.
Vasti being the principle treatment for alleviating Vatadosha is considered as therapeutic procedure of maximum importance. That is why Vasti is considered half of the entire Chikitsa Paddhati.
- Pakshvadha (Hemiplagia, paraplegia)
- Gridhrasi (Sciatica)
- Kampavata (Parkinson’s disease)
- Vatarakta (Gout)
- Aamvata (Rheumatoid arthritis)
- Sandhigatavata (Osteo arthritis)
- Vibandha (Chronic constipation)
- Grahani (Digestive disorders)
- Jeerna-jwara (Chronic fever)
- Vandhyatva (Infertility)
- Sthaulya (Obesity)Prameha (Diabetes)
- Prameha (Diabetes)
- Yoga Vasti
- Kala Vasti
- Karma Vasti
- Shodhana Vasti
- Lekhana Vasti
- Snehana Vasti
- Brimhana Vasti
- Pakwashyagata Vasti
- Mutrashayagata Vasti
- Garbhashayagata Vasti
- Vranagata Vasti
- Niruha Vasti
- Anuvasana Vasti