Enema Herbs for Vata
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Ingredients: Bilva root (Aegle marmelos), Agnimantha root (Premna integrifolia), Shyonaka root (Oroxylum indicum), Patala root (Stereospermym suaveolens), Kashmari root (Gmelina arborea), Bruhati root (Solanum indicum), Kantakari root ( Solanum xanthocarpum), Shalaparni root ( Desmodium gangeticum), Prushniparni root ( Uraria picta), Gokshura root (Tribulus terrestris)
A traditional Ayurvedic formula for pacifying vata and supporting proper function of the nervous system. It is ingested as a churna (powder) by placing a small amount in hot water, letting it sit for at least ten minutes and then drinking. It is a nourishing muscle tonic that strengthens the body and calms the nerves. Dashamula promotes healthy expectoration and respiration while supporting the proper function of the lungs and nervous system. The formula is very grounding and helps direct the flow of vata energy in the body downward, increasing the efficiency of the digestive tract. It helps heal the liver and intestines, often eliminating eczema caused by the build up of toxins in these organs.
Dashamula literally means 'ten roots' referring to the traditional ingredients of the formula. Five of the plants are large trees and many of the roots are difficult to obtain sustainably. Virya (action): warming. Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha
Medications given by enema primarily treat vata dosha. Vata is the force behind the elimination and retention of feces, urine, bile and other excreta. Vata is mainly located in the large intestine. The bones (asthi) are also important sites of vata dosha. It is understood that enemas can affect all tissues including bone tissue. When Pitta people have intestinal problems it is usually the small intestine, which an enema will not have a beneficial affect on. Pittas do better in general to take Triphala.
Lumbago or slipped disk
Distention and gas
Inflammation of anus
Bleeding from recturm
Before internal oleation
Same day as vamana or virechana
Within three hours after eating
Adminstration of Enema (Basti)
The best times for basti are early morning or evening (vata times.)
The stomach should be empty
Make sure the environment is warm, comfortable and clean.
Materials needed include an enema bag or syringe, stove to warm the medicated fluid to body temperature or slightly warmer.
Decoction (tea) enema: Make a decoction with one tablespoon of each powdered herb in four cups of water. Dashamula and Guduchi is a great option for vata individuals, and Punarnava is excellent for kapha individuals. Ashwagandha/Bala oil is also used for nourishing and building. Boil the water down to two cups. Let it cool and strain the fluid through a cheesecloth. There are many other varieties of basti. Please consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to see which one is right for you. Try to retain the tea for about ten minutes.
Oil Basti: The tea can be added as half of the enema with the other half being sesame oil. You can retain this for 30 minutes or longer. Sometimes the oil can be completely absorbed by the intestines. Many Vata people are not only dry on the outside (skin) but internally as well. So if your intestinal tract absorbs all the oil that can be good too.
Suspend the enema bag about three feet above your position. After filling the bag with fluid allow all air to be expelled from it. Lie on left side, left leg extended and right knee flexed. Lubricate the tip of the syringe with oil or ghee. Clean and lubricate the anal orifice with oil and check that there are no hemorrhoids or fissures. Carefully and slowly insert the tip into the rectum and release the clip allowing all the fluid to enter, then remove the clip. Come onto your hands and knees and elevate the buttocks to relax the colon. Tap the colon clockwise then counterclockwise. When the fluid has been retained for the appropriate length of time sit on the toilet to allow the passage of the fluid and fecal matter. You may wish to wear a pad for a few hours afterward in case there is some seepage, especially from the oil basti. It can be good to eat an hour or so after a basti if you are hungry.
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