What is Vasti?

Vasti is one of the most widely acclaimed treatments in Ayurveda. It is a special Panchakarma procedure. It is mainly used for treating Vata related disorders. It can be simply stated as ‘Medicated Enema.’  It acts on the intestinal tract where vatadosha is situated according to Ayurveda.

What is the procedure?

Vasti is broadly classified into Sneha Vasti and Kashaya Vasti. Vasti is conducted by pushing the medicine into the intestinal tract.

In Sneha Vasti medicated Oils/Ghritham is used while in Kashaya Vasti, a mixture of various ingredients like honey, himalayan rock salt, gomuthram, oils and of course the major part, Kashayam is used. Vasti flushes out the toxins from the whole body through the intestinal tract.

Uttara Vasti is also a different type of Vasti which is not included in Panchakarma. It is similar to Sneha Vasti but the purpose of treatment differs.

Diseases generally treated with Vasti

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  2. Paralysis
  3. Parkinson’s disease
  4. PCOD
  5. Many gynaecological conditions
  6. Jaundice
  7. For many ailments related to eyes

Kashaya Vasti isn’t Advisable When

  • One has Piles
  • One has Diabetes
  • One has Asthma


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