Raktamokshan Ayurvedic Therapy

Raktamokshana is one of the Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatments or the 5 basic techniques of detoxification. It is made of two words – Rakta i.e blood and Mokshana i.e to leave, and combining both these words makes the word Raktamokshana which means ‘to let out blood’.

Raktamokshana is an effective blood purification therapy, in which carefully controlled removal of small quantities of blood is conducted to neutralize accumulated Pitta toxins of many blood borne diseases. This is because Raktamokshana decreases the quantum of enhanced Pitta dosha and thus the diseases caused by Pitta are also relieved.

Main Types of Raktamokshana :

1) Shastra Visravana : This procedure of bloodletting is performed by using metal instruments . It is further of two types Pracchana ( Bloodletting through multiple incisions )Siravyadha ( Venepuncture )
2) Anushastra Visravana : This raktamokshana is performed without the use of metal instruments. This is of three types – Jalaukavacharana ( Application of Leeches ) – This is indicated for Pitta dosha diseases.Shrungavacharana ( Sucking through cow’s horn ) – This is indicated for Vata dosha diseases.Alabu ( Vacuum extraction by using vegetable called Alabu / Bottle Gourd ) This is indicated for Kapha dosha diseases.
Of all these types, Siravyadha or the Venepuncture is regarded as the best.

Indications of Raktamokshana:

Raktamokshana or the technique of bloodletting Ayurvedic treatment is mainly advised for Pitta dosha (fire body humor) and Rakta (blood tissue) imbalance and toxicity. This is highly effective in diseases like skin diseases, edema, abscess, inflammations, dullness, uremia and pericarditis. At Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre, we have found favorable result with Raktamokshana in Allergies, Skin disorders such as Eczema, Allergic Dermatitis, Tonsillitis and Sciatica. This procedure also decreases the load on the vital organs of heart and liver.

Benefits of Raktamokshana:

It has been specified in Ayurveda text that Raktamokshana Ayurvedic treatment ofPanchakarma works both as curative as well as preventive therapy. As in Ayurvedic medicine, the Basti Karma is regarded as partial or even the complete treatment method, similarly in the Ayurveda surgery text, Raktamokshana is considered as the partial or complete treatment in itself.

Jalaukavacharana ( Leech Therapy )

Leech is water living animal used for blood detoxification purpose. The Leech therapy ( Jalaukavacharana ) is another form of Raktamokshana practiced since ancient times in the Ayurvedic treatment of blood letting.

Leech used in Therapy

There near about 600-650 species found around the world. Out of this variety, only 15-20 are used for treatment purpose. Hirudo ventralis (Indian cattle leech) is used in India for treatment purpose. The size of the leech varies from half inch to eighteen inches. And the Leeches may be found in a variety of colors like black, brown, yellowish maroon etc.

Procedure of Leech Therapy of Raktamokshana:

Leech therapy is safe, painless & doesn’t require any change in routine life style. In this therapy after diagnosing a person, leech is applied to specific body part and is made to stay there. Once the leech finishes sucking blood from the site, then either the leech separates itself or may be separated manually by sprinkling of some herbal medicine. Proper dressing is done after the procedure. At a time single leech can suck 10-60ml blood . One session of leech therapy requires about 20- 60 min.

Benefits of Leech Therapy:

When the leech is used for bloodletting in the technique of Raktamokshana, as the leech sucks impure blood from the body, this helps to provide considerable detoxification, immunity boosting and also improves the blood circulation in the body. This particular variety procedure of Raktamokshana Panchakarma is highly recommended for ailments like pigmentation, scar, wound , Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Gouty arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Atopic dermatitis, pain , edema ,itching , burning on skin etc.

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