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Since most of the diseases are caused due to imbalance in Vata dosha this treatment is said to cure half of the diseases.It has been referred as "Ardha Chikitsa". Though this treatment can be used according to the gravity of the disease it is mainly to be performed in the varsha rutu [Rainy season] owing to the natural increase of Vata dosha in this season.
The administration of the liquid medicine through the rectal,urethral or vaginal route is collectively referred by the name Basti.Literally this term basti refers to the urinary bladder.
It is of mainly two types :
Niruha or asthapana basti:
Sneha basti- or Anuvasana basti – The drug administered in the basti when predominantly contains more quantity of oil.
The first one is given for usually shodhana and second one is for snehana.
Uttar Basti :
Uttar Basti with combination of specific medicines also acts as a Niruha Basti:-
To whome Niruha should be given ?
To Whom Anuvasan should be given :
Who is suitable for Niruha usually suitable for Anuvasana
How to give Basti :
For niruha – simple enema cane can be used.
Before Basti, patient is prepared by Abhyanga and Swedana he should lie down on left Latteral position putting left hand below the head, extending left leg straightly and flexing right leg in knee joint and putting on left thigh.This is the ideal position for basti.
How Basti is useful ?
Helps in epilepsy, myopathy, polio, hemiplegia, paraplegia, arthrstis, lumbosecral pain, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, headache, shukra dosha, stree roga and many other roga according to uses of drugs. Also cervical / Lumbar spondylasis ,all diseases of spines.it reduces the higher cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
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