Basti (The Enemas)

In simple terms, it is a medicated ENEMA. In Basti, the medicated ghee or herbal oils are administered into the ANUS with the help of an instrument, specially designed for this process. Basti is considered as the mother of all treatments. It is done in Pakwashaya i.e. lower gastrointestinal tract. It is the main site of Vata Dosha.

Furthermore, Enemas are also given as treatment for Constipation if nothing works for the patient. It is not a localized or symptomatic treatment. Basti also feeds the colonic flora.

Out of the five essential therapies which form the prime actions of the Panchakarmas or the techniques of thorough detoxification and overhauling the body, Basti Karma or the Enema therapy is regarded as the most important in Ayurveda healing.

This is because this specific therapy aids greatly in balancing and combating the vitiated Vata dosha or the Air body humor, which alone is responsible for 80 types of diseases and disorders.

Benefits of Basti Treatment

  • It benefits epilepsy, and also dysfunction of senses.
  • Basti also enhances the immune system of the individual by cleansing the Colon.
  • Basti also nourishes the base Prana of the body which is formed in the colon of the body.
  • It is one of the best treatments for treating abnormal Vata.
  • This includes lower back pain, gout, arthritis, chronic constipation, etc.

Advantages of Basti therapy

  • Basti karma is highly beneficial in cleansing and detoxifying the body.
  • People suffering from constipation would find the treatment beneficial, because it promotes the liquefaction of ama and mala (waste products) in the colon.
  • Therapy helps to bring clarity to the mind and also stimulates the intellectual level.
  • The palliative treatment helps the colon expel them. Similar to western enemas, the Basti karma increases colonic peristalsis, producing rapid elimination of the feces.
  • The strong treatment penetrates deep into the dhatus, while the mild treatment works on the superficial level of dhatus. Both the treatments are beneficial for the body