Purgation Therapy (Virechana)
A Traditional Ayurveda Purification and Detoxification Procedure
Treatment details can be provided by appointment in Ojai or Zoom with herbal products mailed.
What is Virechana?
Virechana is the second procedure in the sequence of Panchakarma (Ayurveda Detoxification Program), mainly aimed at reducing Pitta Dosha and toxic accumulation in the GI tract, liver and gallbladder. In simple words, Virechana is that procedure which expels out congestion and heat through the anal passage. This is the simplest method of Panchakarma and has the most easily observed effects. It is a safe procedure without side effects that can be easily be done at home with proper preparation and the right herbal formulas.
Health problems commonly treated by Virechana therapy
Based on Ayurveda, Virechana can treat a number of health problems including:
- Skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis*
- Rheumatic arthritis*
- Abdominal tumor(s)*
- Worms and other parasites*
- Irritable bowel syndrome*
- Chronic constipation*
In addition, the therapy is often administered to treat the following:
Virechana 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. Along with advance preparation, this treatment is a flushing of the whole gastro-intestinal track with herbal laxatives. This powerful treatment quickly reduces body heat (pitta); liver, gallbladder and colon congestion and helps improve rashes, itching, skin inflammation and acne while also improving digestion and boosting metabolism.*
Before the procedure, internal Oleation is followed for three to seven days to loosen toxins and prepare for the actual treatment. Additionally, a light dosha specific diet is prescribed before the treatment. However, certain factors like body and mind constitution, age of the person, digestive state should be considered, to properly design an effective Virechana therapy as there are many options.
Herbs used for Virechana aim at cleansing the sweat glands, small intestine, colon, stomach, liver and spleen. A number of herbs are used for the therapy process, which serve as decongestants, laxatives and purgatives. Herbal purgative, salt or castor oil can also used for the initial treatment based on individual. After the treatment, the patient then follows a restricted diet for 7 to 10 days to reestablish the digestive fire (Agni).
- Flushes out of the toxins and excess mucus from the GI tract and thus improves digestion.
- Clears congestion from the liver and thus improves metabolism and fat digestion.
- Relieves many gastro-intestinal disorders.
- Improves the condition of skin disorders, rashes & allergies.
Therapy requires one private consultations (in Ojai, CA or by Skype) plus herbal products.
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