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About Kashayavasti

The Kashaya Vasti treatment is one among the Vasti treatments.

Vasti or Basti is the term used for the urinary bladder that was used in ancient times to administer decoction, medicated oil, etc through the vagina, rectum, and urethra to cure diseases of the reproductive system and abdomen. With the advancement of technology, the Basti is replaced with a thin tube called a catheter. This instrument is used to insert various medicines to pacify the aggravated doshas. As per Ayurveda, the root cause of all diseases is the imbalance of the doshas i.e Vata, Kapha, and Pitta, which makes it necessary to balance these doshas.

The treatments included in the Basti or Vasti treatments cure almost all diseases that are mentioned in Ayurvedic medicine. Therefore, it is called ardhchikitsa.

Kashaya Vasti refers to the medicine used as kashaya or astringent (slightly bitter or acidic in smell or taste) in nature. The medicine administered is in the form of medicated kada or decoction.

The Kashaya Vasti treatment is performed on an empty stomach. The patient undergoes Sneha Basti therapy before Kashaya Vasti. Oil, honey, ghee, etc is used during Sneha Basti.

The doctor examines the patient to decide the decoction to be used and the duration of the therapy. Snehan and swedan are necessary to relax the patient’s body. The anus and the part of the instrument are lubricated to prevent friction to ease the procedure.

  • Prevents certain diseases like constipation, flatulence, lower back ache, neurological disorders, rheumatism, gastric problems, and gout
  • Relieves numbness, pain, and sciatic pain
  • Stimulates the nerves
  • Relieves osteoporosis pain
  • Pacifies Vata dosha
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