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.
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
Types of virechana
Virechna treatment broadly classified
in two categories based on the dosha
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
- Skin problems like furuncles, seborrheic
dermatitis, psoriasis, blisters, freckles, discoloured patch on the face,
- Anaemia and non-healing wounds
- Chronic fevers that last for more than ten to
- Vomiting and chronic poisoning
- Problems in the urogenital system
- 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
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