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Basti: The Ayurvedic Enema and its Multitude of Health Benefits and Uses

If you are familiar with Ayurveda you may have heard of the term Basti.  Basti’s literal translation is “bladder”, however, the Basti therapy referred to in Ayurveda is often talking about the application of the herbal enema.  As a direct pathway into the colon, the Ayurvedic enema is very powerful for treating a number of issues and ailments, as well as cleansing toxins (ama) from the intestines.  Since the colon is the home of Vata dosha, more often than not, Basti is used to treat Vata disorders including constipation, dryness, depletion, insomnia, nervous system disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the like.  Although it is considered the main treatment for Vata, different herbs and substances can be utilized to target other doshas and imbalances as well.  Continue reading »

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