Anuvasana vasti is one of the panchakarma therapies in which the medicated oil or other fats are administered through the intra-rectal route. Vata dosha plays a major role among the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) due to its properties. Proper functioning and maintaining of vata is essential for the proper functioning of the other two doshas-pitta and kapha. Thus vasti is considered to be an important one, as it eradicates the vitiated vata.
“Anuvasana” means to stay. Here, the administered medicine is made to stay in the intestine for a longer duration. It is basically a nourishing type of vasti. The dose of oil can be varied according to the condition of the patient and the disease. The procedure is done after the consumption of food in proper quantity. After proper snehanam (oleation) and swedanam (formentation) over the pelvic and lower abdominal region, suitable oil is administered through the anal route.
- Helps to lubricate and nourish the lower gastro intestinal tract
- Highly beneficial in patients with dryness of the body
- In digestive and metabolic disorders
- In obstruction of urine and flatus
- Distention of abdomen
- Back ache and sciatic complaints