What is hridya basti?
Hridaya Basti is one of the most powerful and effective treatments in Ayurveda that aids in the healthy functioning of the heart. The medicated oil is kept on the chest wall with the help of dough made near the heart or on the hridya charkra. Hridya basti gives positive influence on the hridya chakra which in turn has a beneficial effect on the mind and gives strengthening effect to the heart muscle.
What are the Benefits?
Hridya basti is a warming procedure of the hridya marma and the heart. This type of warming helps in the treatment of respiratory disease, weakness of the cardiac muscles etc. Hridya basti improves the circulation and breathing functions. It energizes the Anahata Chakra seated near the heart and thus gives positive influence on the heart and mind energizing the whole body. It relieves stress and anxiety. It is useful in muscular pains of thoracic region. It gives great results in ailments related to heart, help in maintenance of muscles and connective tissues hence it improves the function of the heart i.e. commence rejuvenation of the heart.
What are the therapeutic indication?
- Coronary heart diseases
- Ischemic heart diseases
- Asthma and other respiratory disorders
- High or low blood pressure
What is the Importance of hridya basti?
Hridya basti is the best treatment which Ayurveda provides for heart and lung disorders. The word hridaya means “heart” that receives the deoxygenated blood and as an outcome delivers the oxygenated blood to all the organs of the body while the basti means “to hold the herbal decoction or medicated oil on the focused area i.e over hridaya marma.” Hence the procedure of holding the medicated oil over the hridaya (cardiac region) is designated as hrid basti. It is also designated as the uro basti as it is present in uras pradesh i.e chest region. Hridya basti can also be administered to healthy and or susceptible people who are susceptible to suffer from heart and lung ailments, as evidenced by family history or previous history. Thus it forms an important part of prophylactic chest care.
The number of days of treatment varies from 7-14 days depending on the nature and intensity of the diseaseTreatment (hridya basti) is done for a period of 25-45 minutes per session.