It is a method of administering enemas with medicated decoctions, oils, ghee or milk through the anal, urinary or vaginal route. Basti therapy is the best in the business for dealing with Vata related disorders.

This treatment method has both preventive and curative perspectives. It is an ultimate remedy for many psycho-somatic diseases. It boosts immunity and promotes longevity.

It helps in delaying ageing process, strengthens body and mind, fortifies tissues, cleanses the body of its impurities, acts as best rejuvenator and aphrodisiac and has many more beneficial effects on health.

Basti being the best in maintaining the quality and quantity of life is described as ‘Ardha Chikitsa’ or ‘Half of the treatment of all the treatments of the world put together’.

General Indications For Basti :

  • constipation
  • low back ache
  • Inflammatory disorders like Gout, rheumatism
  • Neurological disorders like sciatica
  • Nervous disorders like vata headache
  • Obesity
  • Emaciation
  • sexual weakness, infertility
  • Muscular atrophy

Benefits Of Basti :

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

Types Of Basti :

Types Of Basti Therapy According to action which are Performing At Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakamra Clinic

Types Of Basti Indication
Shodhana basti - Detoxification
Lekhana basti - Weight Loss, PCOS
Bruhan basti - Weight Gain
Matra Basti Vat Vikar, Irregular menses, piles
Vajikaran Basti Sexual dysfunction problems, Ealry Ejaculations
Tikta ksheer Basti Osteoporosis,Arthritis Spondylosis
Krumighna Basti Abdominal Worm Infections
Vrushya Basti Sexual dysfunction problems , Aphrodisiac
Vaitaran Basti Rheuamtism
Yapan Basti

Basti Classified By Site Of Frequency And Duration :

  • KARMA BASTI - In this, a total of 30 Vastis are given
  • KALA BASTI - In this, a total of 16 Basti are given
  • YOGA BASTI - In this, a total of 8 Vastis are given.

Classification based on the type of liquid medicine used (Dravya Bheda)
  • Anuvasana (oil enema) is used in pure vata disorders and when a person is having excess hunger or dryness related to vata imbalances.
  • Niruha-Asthapana (decoction enema) is used, among other conditions, for evacuation of vata, nervous diseases, gastro-intestinal vata conditions, gout, certain fever conditions, unconsciousness, certain urinary conditions, appetite, pain, hyperacidity and heart diseases.
  • Matra Basti (daily oil enema) is used by someone emaciated by overwork or too much exercise, too much heavy lifting, walking too long a distance, too much sexual activity or someone with chronic vata disorders. It does not need to be accompanied by any strict dietary restriction or daily routine and can be administered, in the appropriate cases, in all seasons. It gives strength, promotes weight and helps elimination of waste products.

Procedure of Basti


An enema of medicated oil is given as a pre procedure. This is given after meals. This may even get retained in the body and may even get absorbed, depending upon the need of the body.So the procedure of snehana is done by such kind of oil enema, technically called as Sneha-basti or anuvasana -basti. This basti is also given intermittently during the main procedure when a particular course of basti is advised.

Main Procedure

Its an enema of herbs decoction, honey, salt and oil as mentioned earlier. It is to be given empty stomach. It evacuates the bowels immediately.

Post Procedure

The person is advised to take warm water bath and then a light meal , preferably with rice. Then again the Sneha Basti can be given on the same day or the second day. There are certain courses of basti described in the texts. Such as:

Yoga basti

is course of 8 bastis comprising one sneha basti initially, 3 decoction bastis (technically called Niruha or asthapana basti) alternatively followed by 3 sneha bastis and one sneha basti in the end. A course of 15 or 30 bastis has also been mentioned in the texts.