One traditional method of doing basti is to insert a thin bamboo tube into the anus. This allows air or water to be sucked easily into the colon via the anus. The boon of modern technology means that a thin plastic tube can also be used. In fact plastic is preferable to bamboo since it is smoother and more flexible. Bamboo could be a little harsh on the sphincter muscles of the anus.
If you are sitting or standing in water then the tube can be ten to twenty centimetres long. It should be inserted into the anus by gently opening up the anal sphincters with your fingers. Don't strain. As you insert your fingers and the tube you will find that muscles automatically expand. This makes insertion of the tube easy and prevents injury to the anus.
When the tube is in place you should practise basti. After the water or air has been drawn into the colon, then the protruding end of the tube should be blocked with one linger; this will retain the water or air inside the colon.
If you wish you can use a tube; it is one method of doing basti. However, the tube must be smooth; if not then it is very easy to harm the delicate lining of the anus. Also one must be gentle when inserting the tube. The use of a tube is a good method, if you take care. However, the method that we generally recommend is to merely open the anal sphincters with the fingers. This is much safer and much easier. It is this method that we have described.
The use of a tube has one big advantage in connection with jala basti: water can be sucked up into the colon from a small container. That is, one can practise basti without standing in a river or a deep bath.
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