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    May 21, 2021 2 min read

    Have you heard of Vasti/Basti (enema therapy)?

    Basti treatment is the main treatment for increased doshas, predominantly Vata Dosha.?
      • There are 2 types of basti, one is called Niruha basti (eliminating basti) and one is called Anuvasana basti (oil based enema).

      • The 2 bastis are done in alteration. At the clinic we mainly practice Yoga basti which is a course of 8 treatments.

      • 5 Anuvasana (oil based enemas) and 3 Niruha (decoction enema).

    • It is an ideal therapy for the treatment of Vata vyadhi/ Vata ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasm, sciatica, backache, joint pains, headaches, constipation, gynaecological disorders, Parkinson and infertility.

    The colon is not only the main organ concerned with the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of waste material but it is also the main seat of vata, the primary energy that governs all physiological activities in the body. When vata is functioning normally its movement facilitates the removal of impurities, toxins and waste matter from the tissues and helps eliminate them from the body. By balancing the energy of vata through basti we are able to control the onset of disease as we prevent toxins (ama) from being carried from the gastrointestinal tract into the deeper tissues where they can generate disease.

    How does the basti work?

    Sushruta has scientifically and beautifully described the mode of action of basti where he has given his importance to the active principle of the herbs administered. The active principle of the basti spreads from the colon all over the body in the same manner as the water poured at roots of a tree reaches up to the leaves.

    Enema though situated in the large intestine draws out impurity from head to the feet by its power just as the sun ? takes away sap of the earth even staying in the sky. Sushruta Chi 35:27

    Mode of action according to Ayurveda

      • Utklesana - exciting

      • Shodhana - purificatory

      • Shamana - pacifying/ restorative

      • Brihmana - nourishing

      • Karshana - extractive

      • Rasayana - rejuvenate

    • Vajikarana - aphrodisiac

    The Acharyas say it is beyond all your imagination what basti can do.

    A treatment beyond words. The uniqueness of Ayurveda - the most complete system of healthcare exisiting in this world.

    If you are interested to see if basti is a suitable treatment for you, you’re welcome to call the clinic at 0406 810 547 or email to book your initial consultation.

    With Love your Lakshmi team