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Basti | Panchakarma Therapy

Basti is one of the important panchakarma procedures in Ayurveda where the medicated oil or medicine decoction is given through the anal route. This medicine gets absorbed in the intestines and gives desired results over a period of time. Basti treatment is one of the effective remedies for Vata dosha. Vata is located mainly in the intestine (or pakvashaya). The medicinal oil which is applied through the rectum helps to normalize the excessive Vata. As a pre-procedure, Ayurveda full body massage therapy is done before the Basti treatment. This Ayurveda Massage therapy services can be availed in Bangalore.


For constipation, slip disc, arthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, gastric problems, nervous disorders, insomnia, tinnitus, obesity, lower back pain, stroke, parkinsons, etc.


Pregnancy, menstruation, diarrhoea, bleeding piles, inflammation, extreme weakness or debility, acute fever or cold.

Different Types of Basti Panchakarma Therapy:

Let us take a look at the different types of basti treatment that you can get in our Ayurvedic massage centre in Bangalore.

  • Asthapana basti (Enema by using Decoction) – This Basti is known to increase the lifespan; hence it’s called asthapana basti. It is also called niruha basti because it helps to eliminate toxins from the body. In this procedure, medicated decoction will be used. The quantity of the decoction will be decided by the Doctor based on the health condition, strength of the patient(rogi bala), and strength of the disease(vyadhi bala). This enema should be given on empty stomach only. The trained Panchakarma therapist will visit your home and administer basti under Doctor’s purview. Soon after the procedure, there will be a bowel movement for couple of times. This will help in flushing out Vata predominance.  Post the Basti Karma, light food like khichadi, rice, dal etc. should be taken.

     Indications of Asthapana basthi:
    • It can be given in case of knee pain, low back pain, thigh pain, stiffness of joints, cramps in calf muscles, tremors in the body, heart disease, krimi koshta, mamsa kshaya, bala kshaya, sarvanga vatha rogas, etc
    Contraindications of asthapana basthi:
    • It should not be administered soon after other panchakarma therapies like vamana, virechana, nasyam, person suffereing from vomiting, cough, breathlessness, ascitis, abdominal distention, etc.
  • Anuvasana Basti (Enema by using Medicated Oil) – Anuvasana basthi is a therapy where medicated oil is given through the anal route. Anuvasana means ‘to stay’. In this procedure, the medicine will stay for a longer time in the intestine and helps to normalize the aggravated doshas. This procedure should be done only after having a light meal. The preferable time for this procedure is the afternoon time.

  • Matra Basti – This procedure can be done every day. The dose of medicine is very less. It is indicated in the people who are debilitated by excessive exercise, walking, travelling, heavy lifting, children, old aged (more than 70 years), royal people, delicate people, etc.

  • Lekhana Basti – This Basti helps to scrape out the excessive fat from the body.

Procedure –
These are the steps followed for basti Ayurvedic massage

  1. Before the procedure the patient is allowed to eat according to the basti type which will be administered. If it’s asthapana basti, one should be on an empty stomach. If it’s anuvasana basti, one should have a meal immediately before the procedure

  2. The patient is made to get onto bed comfortably, given Abhyanga (Oil massage) with suitable oil, and mild sedation is done on the waist region by the trained therapist

  3. The patient is made to lie comfortably on the left lateral position with his left leg extended or stretched out and right leg folded in front and the left hand kept beneath the head. The therapist will help

  4. Anal region is well lubricated

  5. A very soft simple rubber catheter is inserted in the anus

  6. Taila (Oil)/Kashaya (Decoction) is put into the rectum by syringe or enema pot

  7. Patient is advised on the dietary habits according to the basti type given by the Doctor

  8. The duration will be advised by the doctor based on the condition.

Nasya Panchakarma Therapy

Nasya | Panchakarma Therapy

Nasya Panchakarma Therapy (Instillation of medicated oil or decoction or powder into the nostrils) is one of the daily routines and also one of the Panchakarma (detox procedures) in Ayurveda. But before you search for an Ayurveda clinic near me to get the treatment, here are a few things that you should know.

Why is it Included in the Daily Routine?

The nose is one of the organs, which has two holes, which help to breathe, the mucus inside helps to prevent dust entry to the brain or other internal organs. When we breathe fresh air, a few dust particles stick to the mucus of the nasal passage. When the hand or leg is dirty, we wash it with water. But it is difficult to wash the inside right. When we put medicated oil in the nostrils, the expectorant quality of herbs carries dust particles and mucus to the throat and throws it out in the form of a cough. In this era, due to heavy pollution, dust particles, vehicle engine, etc it is very important to clean the nasal passage. Therefore, the classics say to adopt Nasya Ayurvedic massage in daily routine.

Nasya as a Detox Procedure –

Nasya means the installation of medicated oil or an herbal decoction or dry herbal powder or smoke into the nostrils. Depending on the condition different forms of nasya will be practised. Usually, for health problems above the neck region, nasya is to be done. For example – migraine, sinusitis, premature greying of hairs, hair fall, headache, frozen shoulder, neck pain, stroke, insomnia, tension, anxiety, stress, nasal polyp, deviated nasal septum (DNS) respiratory problems especially conditions related to Vata and Kapha dosha, etc.

How to do this?

Nasya with Medicated oil –

Based on the Doctor’s advice, our trained therapist will come home. Firstly, a gentle face massage with medicated oil for 10 to 15 minutes, then facial steam. Once the steam is done properly, medicated oil will be instilled into the nostrils either by comfortable sitting or sleeping posture. Once the oil enters the nasal passage, a person should slowly inhale, once the oil reaches the throat, a person should spit the cough. In a very beautiful way one can experience the whole procedure. It is a very simple but very effective detox procedure. Once the cough is removed, the therapist will give the smoke, which is prepared with medicated herbs like turmeric etc. which helps to remove the extra cough from the nose or the throat.

Not only diseased, healthy people also can undergo this treatment. This procedure helps to cleanse nasal passage, throat, respiratory organs and facial orifices. The cleansing of the respiratory tract is very much essential, due to heavy air pollution which we are having now. Nasya panchakarma therapy is one of the effective and safe procedures to get a healthy respiratory tract.

Nasya Panchakarma Therapy with Medicated Decoction –

Based on the Doctor’s advice, our trained therapist will do the procedure at home itself. Instead of oil, medicated decoction will be used. The effect is comparatively stronger than oil usage.

Nasya with Smoke –

If the person is addicted to smoking, this Nasya would help him. Because in this procedure, Dhoomravarti (Smoke stick) prepared with haridra (turmeric) is used. The trained therapist will make the person inhale the smoke through the nose, then it should be exhaled from the mouth. This smoke helps the person to get a healthy lung and respiratory passage.

Duration – 7 days or 14 days based on the condition, For 45 minutes.
Timings – Morning around 7 to 8AM or Evening around 5 to 6PM

Contraindications – Children below 7 years, Aged above 80 years, Pregnant, Menstruating women, severe cold, fever, indigestion, etc.
During the rainy season, cloudy days it is not good to have Nasya treatment.

Do’s and Dont’s During the Procedure –

Before you get this particular type of Ayurvedic massage near me, keep the following things in mind.

Do’s –
1. Keep yourself warm.
2. Cover ears with cotton.
3. Drink hot water
4. Eat hot/warm food.
5. Use hot water for bathing purposes.

Don’t’s –
1. Head bath during the procedure.
2. Exposing to direct AC or fan.
3. Refrigerated food items, frozen food items.
4. Curd
5. Drinking cold water.
6. Alcohol and cigarettes.
7. Night awakening
8. Day sleep

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