Basti treatments balance and nurture the vata dosha. When the functioning of the vata is normal, it helps in bringing the toxins and waste products out of the dhatus and in removing them permanently. This therapy helps in purifying the toxins from all over the body. The nutritive and the palliative qualities of Basti Therapy address all the functional factors of colon.
Types of Basti
Basti is mainly of two types – Nirooha Basti and Anuvasana Basti.
Procedure of Basti
The Basti treatment is mainly performed in the rainy season as it is believed that the gravity of the disease caused by vata dosha increases naturally in this season. Basti is the introduction of medicated liquids into the colon through the rectum. In addition to getting rid of the toxins, it also helps in restoring the healthy functions to the colon and through the colon it nurtures and rebuilds the tissues and organs.
Benefits of Basti
Basti has a wide ranging influence in the body that affects the doshas and the dhatus. Basti therapy is actually the most effective treatment for disorders that are arising from abnormal vata. It includes chronic constipation, arthritis, low back pain and various neuromuscular disorders. It also relieves sensory dysfunction and mental retardation. This therapy in Ayurveda also helps with disorders of Asthi dhatu or bone tissue. When Vamana and Virechana cannot be used due to emaciation and weakness, patients are given a combination of cleansing and nutritive bastis.
Cautions about Basti
Basti treatment is however, contraindicated for infants as well as those people who are suffering from colon cancer, diarrhoea, fever or some types of diabetes.
Basti is the most effective therapy in the entire procedure of Panchakarma. This therapy effectively removes aama from the spine, corrects vata dysfunction and ultimately re-establishes pain-free mobility in the body.