Small bhasti (Matra bhasti)
During this special Ayurvedic treatment we squirt oil mixed with herbs into the rectum for detoxification purposes. It is a significant method, as oil is able to dissolve certain roughage, just like on the surface of the skin, and allow the patient to get rid of it. According to Ayurveda, it soothes Vata and prepares the rectum for the great Bhasti treatment.
Great bhasti (Niruha or asthapana bhasti)
This is a special Ayurvedic treatment of the rectum, when liquid filled with tisane is squirted into the rectum. Bhasti treatment is considered significantly more than an enema commonly known from general hospitals, as its purpose is not to terminate constipation or to prepare the patient for an X-ray, but to improve the patient’s health, and to foster regeneration. This can be achieved by the special herbal extract along with the preparatory massage and oil treatment. Great Bhasti treatment is part of almost all Ayurvedic therapies because it helps to harmonize the Doshas.
Kati bhasti (oil treatment of the lumbar spine) – Prstha bhast (oil treatment of the thoracic spine) – Griva bhasti (oil treatment of the cervical spine)
Bhastis are special oil treatments of specific sections of the spine. They are considered unique for those who are accustomed to Western physical treatments. We create a small pool of oil along the spine where the problem is using warm oil filled with various herbs. This treatment is an ideal complement to treating back pain, bruises and more serious spine diseases. It is supplemented by special massages, yoga therapy and diet.
Nasya treatment (dropping herbal oil onto the nasal mucosa and pharynx)
It is one type of Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatment that aims at reducing Kapha. Following certain preparatory treatments, herbal oil is dropped into the patient’s nose which starts excretion and detoxification. Although it is not a suitable treatment against acute respiratory symptoms or allergy, yet Nasya can be effectively used for treating their chronic forms, such as head or neck pain, cramps in the head or neck.
This treatment is mainly recommended for symptoms and diseases of excess Pitta (headaches, high blood pressure, bleeding, cardiological and gynecological diseases, goiter, skin diseases, diabetes, certain abdominal problems), which can only be prescribed by a doctor. In this case, purgation does not only mean taking in laxatives, but a thorough preparatory treatment starting 2 days prior to purgation, an internal treatment using various tisane, yoga and Kriya exercises, and special diet.
Vamana is a treatment applying emesis. There are two things to be understood about this. First of all, this treatment is rarely used and only with patients who have no other alternative to reduce their Kapha. Second, if we do apply it, Vamana is not as unpleasant as when one feels nauseous or vomits due to infection, gastritis, acid reflux or other diseased condition. Vamana is vomiting artificially brought about by natural means (herbal drinks, massage treatments) along with thorough preparation, and which, if done properly, is not straining for the patient. In fact, as it brings fast improvement of symptoms (ie.: asthma attack), patients generally are happy to do it, as they experience how fast such a simple method can offer relief. Naturally, patients cannot enroll themselves for this treatment without a doctor’s recommendation or prescription.
This treatment means bloodletting. It can be used only very rarely, in case of serious, life threatening high levels of Pitta. Nowadays, bloodletting takes place only through modern medical methods applied in intensive care.