Basti ( Niruha, Anuvasana, Uttarbasti & Matrabasti )

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 :


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 Muktaa 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  Improves Bala or Immunity

Basti Classified By Site Of Frequency And Duration :


Classification based on the type of liquid medicine used (Dravya Bheda)



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.


Uttar Basti

Female Uttar Basti

Introducing medicated oil or herbal decoctions into the intrauterine cavity or up to the crevice.


  • Pre Conception Program
  • Fallopian tube blockage
  • Uterine fibroid
  • Cervical erosions
  • Virginities
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical Polyp
  • Infertility
Garbhashaya Gata Vasti

In this, the site of administration of Basti medicine is Uterus (Garbhashaya) and the Basti is given through the vaginal orifice. This Basti helps in expelling the morbid Doshas from the Garbhashaya or Uterus. This Basti helps in eradicating the morbidity and diseases related to the female uro-genital system.

Mutrashaya Gata Vasti

In this, the site of administration of Basti medicine is Mutrashaya (Urinary Bladder) and the Basti is given through the Mutra Marga or Urethra (the opening of the lower end of the muscular tube which is connected to the lower opening of Urinary Bladder and excretes the urine). This is given through the urinary passage or urethra in both men and women. This helps in curing the diseases related to urinary system and genital system.


  • Uttara basti is the most effective treatment in gynaecological disorders.
  • It can be given between the 4th 5th 6th 7th day of the menses. But in case of severity of the disease this treatment can be given at any time.
  • In UttarBasti therapy medicated oil or herbal decoctions are introduced into the intrauterine cavity or up to the cervix
  • UB therapy is not painful. The duration of the therapy depends on the seriousness of the disease.
  • It is strictly advised that UB therapy is performed by experienced Ayurvedic practitioners.
  • In UB therapy an expert uses sterilized medicine hence there are no chances of getting infected.
  • This being a day care treatment, a person patient can continue working the same day. However, complete treatment requires few sittings according to the health and it is advised to be followed all the precautions and procedures as advised by the expert.
  • No hospitalization is required during UttarBasti therapy.

4th 5th 6th day of menstruation for 3-4 cycles as per patients medical condition


Male Uttar Basti


Indications :
  • Uttarbasti is an Ayurvedic procedure in which specific oil based medicine or decoction is administered in the urethra, through urethral meatus, with a syringe (urethral catheterization is not required).
  • Uttarbasti is a non invasive procedure with minimal or no pain, so anaesthesia is not required.
  • Procedure is carried out by an expert, under all aseptic precautions and sterilized medicine is used, so there are no chances of introducing any kind of infection into the urethra.
  • Being day care treatment no hospitalization is required and patient can resume work same day as bed rest is not required.
  • Most of the patients require ten sittings which are usually done on alternate days.
  • Total duration of treatment is approximately 20 days.


  • Urinary Problems of any type
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Cystitis
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Incontinence of Urine
  • Oligospermaia
  • Male Infertility
  • Pre Conception Program

Procedure :

Precautions to be taken during the treatment of Uttarbasti

Drink lot of water to keep urine white - just like water

Urge of urine should neither be ignored nor forced

Avoid sexual activities including masturbation

Avoid unnecessary catheterization or instrumentation in the urethra

It’s a O.P.D. procedure to know of Hospitalisation.

What to do after the basti

A light diet should be taken after bastis for one day and the following activities should he avoided :

  • sitting for a long duration.
  • standing for long duration
  • excessive talking
  • travelling
  • sleeping during the day
  • exposure to colds.
  • too much sunlight.
  • sexual relationship.
  • anxiety.
  • anger.
  • untimely meals.
  • an incompatible diet.
  • suppression of natural urges (e.g. sneezing, farting, burping, elimination of faeces).

40min Session for 10-15days / as directed by Ayurved Physician