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Virechana therapy

The Ayurvedic therapy of Virechana is one of the five sacred therapies of the Panchakarma, which can heal and purify the mind as well as the body from within. The word ‘Virechana’ refers to purging or any substance that might induce purgation in the body.

Virachana therapy is defined as the medicated purgation therapy, which cleanses the Pitta and purifies blood, by clearing the toxins from the body. The treatment concentrates on the toxins that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder. The gastro-intestinal tract is also cleansed by Virachana therapy.

Virechana is a controlled process that assembles all the ama or toxins of the body, concentrates them in the small intestine and eliminates them. It helps the body to reach a state free from the aggravated Pitta dosha and its toxic disease-causing symptoms.

Types of virechana

Virechna treatment broadly classified in two categories based on the dosha


Snigdha virechana: the word ‘snigdha’ means oily. In this virechana procedure, castor oil is used either all by itself or with the power of the haritaki fruit.  Snigdha Virechana is usually administered when the individual has problems associated with Pitta dosha as well as Vata dosha.

Rooksha Virechana: When Pitta dosha is associated with Kapha dosha, Rooksha Virechana procedure is performed. Usually, 20-30 grams of Trivrit lehyam is used as a purgation medicine.


Why is Virechana treatment used?

  • Disorders arising from Pitta aggravation, such as acne, eczema, gastritis, stomach and intestinal ulcers, liver infections.
  • Skin problems like furuncles, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, blisters, freckles, discoloured patch on the face, etc.
  • Anaemia and non-healing wounds
  • Chronic fevers that last for more than ten to fourteen days
  • Vomiting and chronic poisoning
  • Problems in the urogenital system
  • GERD
  • Haemorrhoids or piles
  • Abdominal tumours
  • Enlargement of the spleen or splenomegaly
  • Hepatomegaly and jaundice
  • Erysipelas infection affecting the upper dermis and extending into the superficial cutaneous lymphatics
  • Swelling and tenderness in the joints
  • Glaucoma



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