Basti

Introduction

Basti is the third and the most important treatment amongst the five detoxifying – cleansing therapies broadly known as Panchkarma or Shodhana therapies. It helps to clear the lower part of the GI tract & is the best remedial solution for Vata dosha.

Vasti is a main treatment form of Ayurveda, specially considering for the treatments of rheumatic diseases. It gets much importance in Ayureda and it has some other forms also, and all the Vasti’s are the valuable contributions of Ayurveda. An expert is needed before practicing Vasti, and under the guidance of an Ayurveda doctor (Vaiyda) only the treatment should be done. The important Vasti’s are Kashaya Vasti, Uttara Vasti,Sneha Vasthi, Siro Vasthi etc. and it has the specialty of tradition and ancestral values. Vasthi I the Ayurveda treatment mainly focus on rheumatic diseases and its very result oriented to eliminate the paralysis disorders. This method is convinced thousands of years back and still on move as a successful treatment part of Ayurveda and the special power to eliminate rheumatic (Vatha )disorders made Vasthi to popularize everywhere especially at abroad. The toxin removal process from human body is also possible with Vasthi treatment and it can be defined as multipurpose system of Ayurveda with great curing capacity. The guaranteed relax from many ailments gives Vasthi an aura of a powerful curing form. It’s capacity to remove toxin has to special mention and of course Vasti is a complete solution for certain problematic diseases.

Indication

  • Paralysis
  • Arthritis
  • Back ache
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Neurological disorders / diseases of the brain
  • Avascular necrosis of bones
  • Dryness of the body
  • Atrophic conditions of the muscles

Procedure

At first, a gentle massage is carried out on the stomach and the back, followed by a light fomentation either by nadisweda or by a towel dipped in hot water. This is followed by the introduction of the specially prepared sneha basti oil / medicine through the anal cavity of the patient with the help of a lubricated rubber flatus tube attached to basti yantra. This is an absolutely painless procedure. The medicine introduced in such a procedure is retained for a longer time in the body.

Diet

Before
  • Sneha Basti must be carried out on a full stomach.
After
  • There are no specific dietary restrictions after the Sneha Basti.
  • However, the patient is advised not to have heavy meals during the course

BENEFITS

  1. A feeling of lightness in the body
  2. Increase in appetite
  3. Oleation of the entire body, especially the GI tract
  4. Improvement in the activity of the nervous system
  5. Increase in the mobility of the joints
  6. Reduction in pains and aches in the joints and muscles 

Caution

Sneha Basti is a simple therapy and is well tolerated universally. The only precaution one must take is that the oil used must not be hot and must not be introduced in haste.