Updated: Jun 15, 2019
The phrase Chakra vasti is from Sanskrit. The word Chakra means wheel or disk and Vasti stands for a Container or retaining something inside. Chakra vasti, also called nabhi vasti (navel vasti), is applied to the umbilical region. Nabhi the umbilicus is considered as marma in Ayurveda. Marma (vital area) is an anatomical area where arteries, tendons, flesh, veins, bones and joints meet to form the location of life. Anatomical areas where structures pulsate and where the pain exist on pressing can be named as marma. Sage Susrutha numbered them as 107. Nabhi marma is the vital center where 72,000 nadis (the subtle energy pathways) converge.
Procedure: An Ayurvedic physician selects the type of medicated oil or ghee to be used, after accessing the body constitution and doshic imbalance.The person is made to lie down over back. A dough is prepared out of black gram flour or whole wheat flour. It is then made into a small ring of four to five inches in diameter and placed over naval area. The edges are glued to the skin using a small amount of water. The Chakra Basti is performed by filling the hot medicated oil or ghee in this dam either by gently pouring or squeezed in with cotton gauze. When the oil or ghee cools down it is squeezed out and replaced with more warm ones. The procedure does local oleation and local sudation simultaneously.
• Acts on solar plexus thus balance the digestive fire
• Strengthen the power of digestion and absorption
• Facilitates the release of deep seated emotions
Therapeutic benefits: It is very beneficial in the following conditions
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Poor appetite
• Abdominal pain and discomfort
Importance of digestive fire in Ayurveda: The digestive fire (Jatharagni) is located in the stomach area and normal activity is essential for the proper and complete digestion of food. It is responsible for all the metabolic processes and assists growth & maintains energy level. So it is very important to maintain Agni.
Duration of treatment:45 minutes