Basti (Yogic Enema) | Limitations & Benefits

Basti should not be practised by anyone with:

  • high blood pressure
  • hernia
  • am- serious digestive ailment

Basti is useful in treating ailments such as colitis and dysentery; however, in some cases


Basti is the best method of cleansing the bowels. Many people feel that a large number of ailments originate in the colon, especially from impurities and malfunction. Actually we do not fully accept this idea, for we feel that most ailments arise in the mind, but certainly a congested colon or excessive toxins in the bowels can help to initiate ailments. Of this there is little doubt. Therefore, basti is a great help in reducing the occurrence of various types of disease as well as improving general health.

Basti is a direct method of tackling constipation. If the constipation is very bad then basti should be preceded by moola shodhana10. This practice will remove hard stool. Water basti can then be used to thoroughly clean the bowels.

If you have piles then you should also try water basti, but with a little care. Use cold water as this will stimulate the blood flow. You will gain instantaneous relief.

If you suffer from pruritis (itchiness of the anus) then you may find basti gives some relief.

Basti will stimulate the nerves of the colon as well as the nerves connecting other parts and organs of the digestive system. It will also improve muscle tone and blood supply. Old stool and gas are removed. The blood is purified. We suggest that you practise basti and master it. Then you can use it occasionally for general health or to treat specific ailments such as constipation. Try it… you have nothing to lose and much to gain.

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