What is Kashaya basti?

Kashaya basti in the term used for urinary bladder of
certain animals that was used in ancient time to administer medicated oil, decoction etc through rectum, vagina and urethra to cure diseases of abdomen and reproductive system. As the technology has grown the basti is now replaced with a thin tube called catheter. Through this instrument various medicine is inserted to pacify the aggravated doshas. As in ayurveda the root cause of all diseases is imbalance of the three doshas i.e vata, pitta, kapha hence it is necessary to balance them. Kashaya Basti treatment cures almost all the diseases mentioned in ayurvedic medicine hence no wonder it is called ardhchikitsa. It has an important part in panchakarma.
Kashaya basti means the medicine used is astringent/kashaya( slightly acidic or bitter in taste or smell) in nature. Medicine administered is in the form of medicated kada (decoction).

Benefits of Kashaya Basti

  • Constipation
  • Neurological ailments 
  • Paralysis 
  • Flatulence 
  • Lower backache 
  • Gout and rheumatism.