Effective Basti Treatments For Kapha Disorders

Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay)
Among the five Panchakarma therapies, =Vasti (including Niruha and Anuvasana) is the best treatment to combat morbid Vata and to cure all disorders caused by vitiated Vata. 

Vata, the control mechanism of all the activities in the body –
Vata is said to be the main controlling force of all the activities of the body.

Pitta and Kapha are incapable of producing a disease or disease process unless they are motivated, provoked and mobilized by vitiated Vata.
Similarly the functions of all the tissues and organs, the functions of mind, sense organs, motor organs, all the discharges and movements in the system is carried over by the governance of Vata.
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The expulsion of wastes from the body is also under its control.

In short, Vata is the remote control of all the activities of the body, mind and senses. If this Vata gets vitiated, it will start controlling the body in an undesired way and cause lot of diseases and deformities.
Vata being the superior dosha, needs a stronger treatment and attention when it is a in a state of vitiation.
Nothing can control a ‘Vata’ which is ‘out of control’ as is done effectively by Vasti.
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Kapha Roga-hara Niruha Vasti (Effective decoction enemas to combat vitiated Kapha and Kapha disorders)
Arkadi Niruha Vasti –
Ingredients
Arkadi Kashayam – Decoction of the below said herbs:

Madhu – honey
Taila – oil
Kalka – Paste of the above said herbs
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
The Niruha Vasti administered by mixing all the above said components effectively combats Kapha disorders.

Haridradi Niruha Vasti
Ingredients:
Decoction of the below mentioned herbs:

  • Haridra – Curcuma longa
  • Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
  • Bibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica
  • Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
  • Peetadaru – Berberis aristata
  • Kutannata – Oroxylum indicum

Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Madhu – honey
Taila – oil
Kalka – Paste of the above said herbs

Pippalyadi Niruha Vasti
Decoction of Pippali (Long pepper) and Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica) mixed with Kshara (alkali), Gomutra (urine of cow) and Madhu (honey) when administered in the form of Niruha Vasti will destroy the kapha disorders.

Katphaladi Niruha Vasti
Ingredients:
The decoction of the below mentioned herbs:

  • Katphala – Myrica nagi
  • Nimba – Azadirachta indica
  • Kulattha – Horse gram
  • Arka – Calotropis gigantic
  • Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
  • Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
  • Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
  • Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
  • Patha – Cissampelos pareira
  • Murva – Chonemorpha fragrens / Chonemorpha macrophylla
  • Aragwadha – Cassia fistula
  • Indrayava – seeds of Holarrhena antidysenterica

Paste of the below mentioned herbs:

  • Vacha – Acorus calamus
  • Madanaphala – Randia dumetorum
  • Saindhava lavana – Rock salt
  • Shatapushpa – Dill seeds
  • Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
  • Ela – Cardamom
  • Kushta – Saussurea lappa
  • Pippali – Piper longum
  • Bilwa – Aegle marmelos
  • Shunti – Ginger

Sarshapa taila – mustard oil
Madhu – honey
Yava kshara – alkali of barley plant
Mutra – urine
Taila – oil
Kanji – sour fermented liquid
The niruha vasti administered with the above said kashaya (decoction) cures kapha disorders. The below mentioned disorders are also cured by this Vasti:

  • Kapha roga – kapha disorders
  • Meda – fat disorders, obesity, overweight
  • Agnimandhya – indigestion
  • Prameha – urinary disorders / diabetes
  • Kamala – jaundice
  • Pandu – anaemia / liver disorders
  • Aruchi – anorexia
  • Galaganda – goitre
  • Gara visha – poisoning
  • Glani – fatigue
  • Shleepada – filariasis etc

Aragwadhadi Niruha Vasti
Ingredients:
Decoction of Aragwadhadi Gana herbs

  • Aragwadha – Cassia fistula
  • Indrayava – Seeds of Holarrhena antidysenterica
  • Patala – Sereospermum suaveolens
  • Kakatikta – Tricoshanthes tricuspidata
  • Nimbi – Azadirachta indica
  • Amruta – Tinospora cordifolia
  • Madhusrava – Moringa oleifera
  • Sruvavriksha – Butea monosperma
  • Pata – Cyclea peltata
  • Bhunimba – Andrographis paniculata
  • Saireyaka – Strobilanthes ciliates
  • Patola – Pointed gourd
  • Karanja – Pongamia pinnata
  • Pootikaranja – Holoptelia integrifolia
  • Saptachada – Alstonia scolaris
  • Agni – Plumbago zeylanica
  • Karavella – Bitter gourd
  • Bana – Tephrosia purpurea
  • Madanaphala – Randia dumetorum

Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Madhu – honey
Taila – oil
Kalka – Paste of the above said herbs
The above said Niruha Vasti helps in eradicating Kapha disorders.

Related: Effective Basti Treatments For Pitta Disorders

Just before finishing –
Vasti is the best treatment to combat vitiated Vata. Vasti is also advised for certain Kapha disorders. The above said Vastis are particularly beneficial to combat Kapha disorders.

Kapha generally tends to block the Vata functions. Especially when kapha gravitates downwards and blocks Apana Vayu it causes lot of health related issues including stubborn constipation, joint pains, low back pain and tightness, fertility related disorders like PCOS, infertility, urinary disorders and lot more. In all these cases the above said Vastis will have exemplary results. Similarly the above said Vastis can be readily administered in high kapha conditions associated with mild pitta vitiation.
Related: Effective Basti Treatments Vata disorders

Kapha disorders include all the disorders related to low metabolism and blocks caused anywhere in the body. The above said Vastis will remove all the blocks caused by morbid Kapha and cure those diseases. The above mentioned Vastis are highly effective in removing the blocks caused by fat tissue (meda) and thus helps in curing diseases like obesity, undesired weight gain and high cholesterol related problems.
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