Purgation (Virechana)

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An Ayurvedic Purification Purge

According to the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, there are three doshas called vata, pitta, and kapha. These three doshas act as the guiding principles that keep all our bodily functions balanced and healthy.

It is the induction of purgation for the management of Pitta Dosha predominant disorders. To eliminate the Doshas through the rectal route with the effect of oral medications. It is extremely useful in Weight loss, Dermatological problems, Skin infections, Chronic fevers, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic G.I.T. diseases (Acidity), Gout, loss of appetite, reproductive disorders and all Pittaja Disorders. 6 to 7 days are required for the complete therapy.

Feeling of cleanliness in the channels and sense organs, lightness in the body, increase of appetite etc. are the symptoms of well administered Virechana.

Imbalanced Doshas + Impaired Digestion = Toxicity

As a result of poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle not only do the doshas become imbalanced but the digestive fire [agni] soon becomes impaired.

As the digestive fire becomes disturbed, food no longer is able to be properly digested and the undigested food then accumulates within the G.I. tract. allowing for toxicity [i.e. fermentation, putrefaction].

From this perspective, Ayurveda states that the by-product of poor digestion [“ama”] is the root cause of all disease.

Snehana – Virechana

Modern living is filled with impurities. These impurities are typically stored in adipose/fat tissue and in order to remove these toxins the cleansing process of panchakarma makes use of oleation therapy called “snehana”.

Typically, the oleation process of snehana takes place during a few days. During these several days, one would be instructed to drink melted ghee [clarified butter] on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The amount of ghee to be ingested is specified by a qualified ayurvedic professional as the amounts typically increase daily throughout the few days. Generally, on the third or fourth day, the person is instructed to skip dinner, take a hot tub bath, then undergo purgation [“virechana”] by ingesting castor oil or other laxatives which are properly indicated.

According to Indian Ayurveda system, at this time of the year i.e. Sharad Ritu (Autumn Season) the Pitta content of the body is naturally high due to the period being termed as “Pitta Prakopa Kaala”. Detoxification helps in taking out the disturbed Doshas (Toxins) out of the body and increase the efficiency of the Body and mind

Symptoms of Aggravated Pitta (Fire Element)

  • Lethargy, weakness, loss of concentration, altered sensorium.
  • Skin or Respiratory – These are most common because of the transitional weather changes.
  • Lesions – Itching, excessive dryness, boils, rashes, loss of lusture, eczema, psoraisis etc.
  • Difficulty in breathing, breathlessness, excess sneezing, chronic cough & cold, asthma & COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ) gets triggered at this time.
  • Acidity, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation.


Detoxification helps in taking out the disturbed Doshas (Toxins) out of the body and increase the efficiency of the Body and mind

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    Therapeutic Purgation - Induced Motions

    Virechan is the second among the five karmas of Pancha karma. Virechan karma is to address pitta induced diseases. Excess bile (pitta) accumulated in the liver, small intestine, can cause skin problems, nausea, jaundice, fever, vomiting etc… Virechan is the method of flushing out accumulated pitta dosha elements from the body to create a healthy state.

    The benefits:
    • 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.