What is Vasti?
Vasti is one of the main procedures and is the best for vata related ailments. Vasti or Basti means container. Here the medicated oils are held in specific parts of the body for some time. The procedure involves a dough pot holding a pool of thick medicated oil in the affected area and provides nourishment to these affected areas. It can be also used as a therapy for prevention of certain ailments.
The individual is made to lie down on the massage table facing upwards or downwards depending on the type of vasti. A thick dough is made of black gram powder or wheat flour. This dough is shaped in the form of a circular or rectangular reservoir on the affected area. Sufficient care is taken to ensure that this dough reservoir is strong enough to hold the oil and does not contain any leaks. Lukewarm thick medicated oil is poured in this reservoir and oil is retained for a brief period. When the oil begins to cool, cotton or cloth is used to squeeze out the oil out of this dough pot. Warm oil is then refilled into this dough pot. This procedure is repeated for about half an hour or more subjecting to the seriousness of the disease.
Depending on the part of the body where the retention of medicated oil is carried out, the various types of Vasti are Kati vasti, Greeva vasti, Janu vasti and Hrid vasti. Kati vasti is for the lower back and cervical regions, greeva vasti is for the neck and upper part of the spine, janu vasti is for the knees especially the knee caps and hrid vasti is for the heart. Hrid vasti is also called uro vasti because this vasti is performed
on the chest region.
Benefits of Vasti
Vasti is helpful in indications of Sciatica, slip disc, muscle sprain, degenerative illness, as preventive treatment for strengthening the muscles and also relieves emotional stress.