Ayurveda considers enema therapy a complete treatment for many diseases, including constipation, distention, lower back pain, gout, rheumatism, sciatica, arthritis, nervous disorders, chronic fever, colds and flu, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, neck pains, hyperacidity, nervous headache, emaciation, and muscular atrophy.
There are 3 basic types of enemas:
Oil enema (a cup of warm sesame or other oil is used).
Decoction enema (an herb tea (whichever is indicated orally) is taken rectally).
Nutritive enema (composed of warm milk, meat broth or bone marrow soup).
The following is a formula for basic Ayurvedic anti-vata enema:
Water (1 1/2 qts)
Sesame oil (4 oz)
Honey (4 oz)
Castor oil (1 oz)
Anise seed (2 oz)
Rock salt (1 oz)
Boil the anise seeds and salt from 3-5 minutes in the water, strain, and stir in the remaining ingredients. When the liquid is lukewarm, pour it into the enema bag. Hang the bag so that it is not more than a foot higher than the syringe. While reclining on a mat on the bathroom floor, insert the syringe slowly into the rectum. Try to retain the solution for at least 30 minutes, or longer if possible.
Enemas are contraindicated if rectal bleeding or diarrhea are present. Oil enemas should not be given if the person has cough, shortness of breath, diabetes, severe anemia, chronic indigestion, the aged, or children below the age of seven years. Decoction enemas are contraindicated in cases of acute fever, cold, paralysis, heart pain, severe pain in the abdomen, or wasting diseases.