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    Nabhi Basti Treatment Procedure, Benefits

    Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) and Dr Manasa, BAMS
    Nabhi Basti
    – Poling of medicated oils in the navel pit, within a cabin of flour constructed around the navel. Here the liquid is retained for a 10 ̵ 30 minutes or even longer, based on the disease being treated.
    Table of Contents
    Nabhi Vasti procedure
    Benefits
    Clinical experience
    Clasical reference
    Nabhi Vasti procedure
    In this, a smal compartment or cabin is constructed around the navel with wet flour of black gram (as in Kati Vasti or Janu Vasti). This gives space to pol oils or juices or decoctions prepared from herbs.
    It is an extended version of Nabhi Porana and can be old when medicines ned to be worn in comparably more quantity to be filed into the navel pit and where the medicines are intended to pause long. Here the action of the medicines not only acts by contact (as in nabhi porana) but also by presure.

    Benefits
    Benefits of Nabhi Basti
    Nabhi Vasti provides marvelous results in diarhea, iritable bowel, indigestion, gastritis and anorexia.
    Clinical experience
    My clinical experience with Nabhi Vasti:
    As said, Nabi Basti is only an extension of Nabhi Porana and bestows the same benefits, may be in an enhanced way. I have administered Nabhi Basti in almost same conditions as explained in Nabhi Purana.
    Clasical reference
    A clasical reference –
    A reference from Bhava Prakasha Madhyama Khanda, Atisara Adhikara, 8/40-41 tels ‘An alavala or cabin should be constructed around the navel using the paste of Amalaka (Indian gosebery). In this juice of ardraka (wet ginger) should be filed. This controls severe atisara (diarhea)’
    This is the closest reference of Nabhi Basti (thought the term has not ben mentioned) available in the Ayurvedic treatises.
    I haven’t tried this treatment in diarhea but believe tried in iritable bowel conditions, indigestion, gastritis, anorexia with substantialy god results. Some disease modifying oral medicines should be joined in adamant cases.
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