What is Virechanam?

Virechanam or ‘Purgation Therapy’ is one of the five Panchakarma therapies in Ayurveda. It is indicated for diseases caused due to vitiated pitta. It is done for chronic conditions like skin diseases, gastritis, obesity, diseases related to the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, duodenum, etc.

What is The Procedure?

Virechanam treatment is carried out in pre-noon on an empty stomach. This time is called as Pitta Kalaa in Ayurveda. In the morning, after full body massage and sudation is over, the purgative medicine chosen by the doctor, according to the ailment, is given to the patient. The purgation happens until the waste products (vitiated pitta) are eliminated through the lower gastrointestinal tract. Proper rest is advised after undergoing the Virechanam therapy.

How does Virechanam work?

Snehana(unction) and Swedana(sudation) are adopted to loosen and mobilize the toxins, in an effort to eliminate toxins from the body. The special medicated drink taken in the morning will pull these toxins out of the body through Virechanam, after being brought to the Gastro-Intestinal Tract.

Diseases generally treated by Virechanam

  1. Diabetes
  2. Arthritis
  3. Non-healing wounds
  4. Chronic skin disorders
  5. Liver/spleen disorders
  6. Constipation
  7. Jaundice
  8. Inflammatory conditions

Virechanam isn’t Advisable When

One is suffering from Diarrhoea
One is suffering from Rectal injuries
One is Emaciated
One is suffering from Dyspepsia
One has Fever and many more..

Treatments must be done under the supervision or advice of a certified Ayurvedic Doctor and not based on self-judgment.


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