Basti – Enema Therapy
Vata’s predominant site is situated in the colon. Ayurvedic basti involves the introduction via the rectum of herbal substances like oils and decoctions. Basti is the most effective treatment of vata-related disorders, although many enemas over a prescribed period of time are usually required. This is one of the five classical forms of panchakarma.
Mode of action:
Vata is a very active principle in pathogenesis. If we can control vata through the use of basti, we have gone a long way in going to the root cause of the vast majority of diseases. Vata is the main etiological factor in the manifestation of diseases. It is the motive force behind the elimination and retention of feces, urine, bile and other excreta. Vata is mainly located in the large intestine, but bone tissue (asthi dhatu) is also a site for vata. Hence the medication administered rectally affects not only asthi dhatu, but the whole body, head to toe. The mucus membrane of the colon is related to the outer covering of the bones (peritoneum), which nourishes the bones. Therefore, any medication given rectally goes into the deeper tissues, like bones, and corrects vata disorders.
It relieves constipation, distension, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints. Many other vata disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches may also be treated with basti
- Low back ache
- Inflammatory disorders like Gout, rheumatism
- Neurological disorders like sciatica
- Nervous disorders like vata headache
- Sexual weakness, infertility
- Muscular atrophy