Basti is used in the traditional Indian medicine practice of Ayurveda. It is believed to remove toxins and cool the body by cleaning the bowel and removing old stool, excess bacteria and thread worms from the lower intestines.
Basti is thought to have the following health benefits:
- Cures digestive disorders such as constipation and nervous diarrhea
- Strengthens the solar plexus
- Improves abdominal muscle tone
- Purifies the blood
Anyone who has high blood pressure, a hernia or a serious digestive disorder should avoid basti. Those who suffer from colitis or dysentry may benefit from basti but should seek a doctor's advice first.