One of the main procedures of Panchakarma Chikitsa, Basti karma concentrates on the elimination of the disentangled vata dosha out through the body part. The treatment involves the introduction of medicinal substances, such as, herbal oils and decoctions in a liquid medium, into the rectum of the person. This is because vata is preponderantly placed within the colon and bones. Herbal concoctions made of sesame oil are generally used for the purpose. Vata disorders can be effectively cured by Basti karma. Common cold, sexual disorders, constipation, distention, kidney, backache, pain in the neck region, vomiting and hyperacidity will additionally be cured by Basti karma.

If administered properly, Basti karma is an effective treatment that has very few or no side effects on the body. The medication techniques used for the treatment are well-known as enemas. According to Ayurveda, the enemas are not suitable for people suffering from shortness of breath, chronic abdominal pain, bleeding from body part, cough, diarrhea and severe anemia. Therefore, barring the exceptions, Basti karma will be adopted to people in order to rejuvenate the body, provide strength and longevity. Go through the following lines to get information on different types of Basti karma and the advantages of the treatment.

Types Of Basti karma

Aasthapan Basti / Nirhua Basti (Decoction Enema): This type of treatment is preponderantly used to treat unhealthy conditions and nervous disorders, obstruction of urine, stools and flatus; amenorrhoea and infertility. Herbal decoction and little amounts of oil are used to treat the ailments. This type of Basti karma isn't appropriate for malnourished and weak people or those suffering from tuberculosis, ascites, peritonitis, intestinal obstruction, dysentery, diabetes, skin diseases and asthma.

Anuvasan Basti / Oil Enema: Anuvasan Basti is used to treat the people who are not recommended to prefer Nirhua Basti treatment. Warm oil with small amounts of boiling is used in Anuvasan Basti. The treatment rejuvenates the body. People suffering from piles, obesity, intestinal worms, anemia and jaundice should keep away from Anuvasan Basti.

Benefits Of Basti karma

Basti karma is extremely useful in cleansing and detoxifying the body.
The strong treatment penetrates deep into the dhatus, while the mild treatment works on the superficial level of dhatus. Both the treatments are beneficial for the body.
Secretions in the colon are promoted by Basti karma, thereby ensuring a good health.
People suffering from constipation would find the treatment beneficial, because it promotes the liquefaction of ama and mala (waste products) in the colon.
The palliative treatment helps the colon expel them. Similar to western enemas, the Basti karma increases colonic peristalsis, producing speedy elimination of the feces.


A Leather Cap is fixed around the forehead and medicated lukewarm oil is poured into it from a specific height & kept for around 53 Min. in VATTAJ ROGA 43 min. in PITTAJ ROGA 31 min. in KAPHAJ ROGA

Diseases of head, Hair problems, Numbness in head, Facial paralysis, Myopia, Mental disorders & For mental relaxation.


Lukewarm medicated oil is put in the wall of masha (black gram) dough on the heart Area.

Various heart diseases.


Pouring of lukewarm medicated oil into the wall of MASHA(Black gram) dough over the affected area of lumbar region for 20-30 minutes duration.

Backache, Sciatica, Spondylitis, Slip disc.


The warm medicated oil is kept in the groove of black gram dough over the knee joint for 20-30 minutes at maintained temperature.

Knee pain & Arthritis.


Medicated lukewarm oil is put in the wall of Masha dough over the affected cervical region.

Cervical spondylitis, Frozen shoulder & Osteo arthritis.

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