Among all the remedies available for acute or chronic knee pain, Janu Vasti (Janu Basti) is the most popular Ayurvedic therapies. Gives a magical relief from the pain and stiffness associated with knee pain. In many cases Jaanu Vasti provides a long standing relief.
Knee joint is the most important joint in the human body. The easy movements of knee joints make our locomotion easy. We walk on our feet. Knee pain is one of the common health issues we encounter in the modern day clinics. There are many conditions which produce knee pain and stiffness. Knee pain is often associated with stiffness, swelling, burning sensation, click sounds and limitation of movements.
Osteoarthritis is a common disorder affecting the knee joints. When Janu Vasti is combined with effective treatments like Abhyanga, Patra Pinda Sweda (leaf bolus fomentation) and Vasti (medicated enemas) etc and disease modifying drugs and compounds, it provides a very good relief in many painful knee conditions like Osteoarthritis etc.
In Janu Vasti treatment medicated oils are poured and pooled for a fixed duration of time in a compartment or a cabin constructed around the knee joint / joints using wet flour of black gram. The pain relieving medicated (herbal) oils are pooled and left in place (retained) in this compartment for a fixed duration of time. Therefore the procedure is called Janu Vasti.
For Jaanu Vasti (oil pooling) – Taila (medicated oil), Ghee (medicated ghee) or both suitable to the disease and diseased are collected and stored beforehand. The same medicines are used for conducting Abhyanga (massage) after the completion of Jaanu Vasti procedure.
Herbal powders like – Rasnadi Churna, Kottamchukkadi Churna, Jatamayadi Churna, Ellumnishadi Churna, Grihadhoomadi Churna, Kolakulattadi Churna etc are collected for Churna Pinda Sweda (Powder bolus fomentation)alongwith Flour of black gram, Water. Churna pinda sweda is administered for a couple of days before starting Janu Vasti as a part of pre-treatment procedures. After giving a massage to the affected knee joint / joints with herbal oils, hot fomentation is given with the powder boluses. Churna pinda sweda is done for 30-45 minutes daily for 2-3 days prior to Kati Vasti. Patra pinda sweda: Fresh leaves of pain killing and vata alleviating drugs like Eranda (Ricinus communis – castor plant), Nigundi (Vitex negundo), Arka, Chincha (tamarind), etc. for conducting Patra pinda sweda. When Kashaya Vasti is planned as a part of treatment protocol, Anuvasana Vasti (enema with large doses of medicated oils and ghee) should be mandatorily given on alternate days.Depending on the type of syndrome the different steps in Janu Basti are followed.
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