The body’s automatic purification system brings the toxins that have been loosened and mobilised down into the lower intestines and colon. This is the best time for Vasti treatment to be applied so that those toxins don’t hang around and become re-absorbed.
In Western medical practice enemas are mostly used to help in cases of chronic constipation and are especially useful when a patient has to spend a lot of time in bed.
But in Ayurveda they are used to fully expel toxins that have gathered within the colon as a result of Abhyanga and Swedana treatments.
Each Vasti you are given has two actions. One is to aid in the elimination of toxic waste. The other is to balance and strengthen the colon and intestines.
From the Ayurvedic point of view, many of the enema treatments that exist in the West, including colonic irrigation, can weaken the colon and create imbalances. Ayurveda sees it important that Vastis are not just eliminative, but also help revitalise, rejuvenate and strengthen the colon, as a weak and unhealthy colon can have a debilitating and ageing effect on the rest of the body.
After Vasti treatment it is time to rest and allow your body to regain its strength and balance.