Panchakarma Therapy – Vamana

It is drug induced emesis or vomiting. It is used predominantly forKapha disorders. It eliminates the vitiated Doshas through the oral (mouth) route and purifies upper part of the digestive tract and the respiratory passages. It is also known as Urdhva (above) virechana (outflow of imbalanced Doshas) due to the fact that it expels out imbalanced doshas through oral (mouth) route. It differs from vomiting or Chhardi because in Chhardi doshas themselves come out when exaggerated. It is a disorder whereas in latter drugs are used to expel out imbalanced Doshas.

Recommended for :

  • Nasal discharge
  • Acute fever
  • Cough
  • Tuberculosis
  • Asthma
  • Indigestion
  • Poisoning
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia
  • Sore throat
  • For purification of stomach
  • Disorders related to lactation
  • Insanity
  • Epilepsy or fits
  • Tumors
  • Abscess or pus filled cavity
  • Difficulty in breathing (Dyspnoea)
  • Ear discharge

Contraindicated in :

  • Wasting due to trauma
  • Excessively obese
  • Children
  • Weak
  • Fatigued
  • Thirsty
  • Affected with hunger
  • During fasting
  • Excessively indulged in sex
  • Elderly people

Indications of properly done Vamana

  • Occurrence of episodes of vomiting on appropriate time or intervals
  • Expulsion of Doshas in sequence of Kapha, Pitta and Vata
  • Spontaneous stoppage of emesis episodes after complete elimination of Doshas
  • Purification of chest, heart, throat and head
  • Kindles digestive power
  • Purification of body channels
  • Lightness in body
  • Proper functioning of sense organs

Expulsion of indigested food follows that of Kapha and then Pitta in properly done Vamana.

What happens if Vamana is done in excess 

  • Frothy vomiting
  • Associated with blood
  • Thirst
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Burning sensation
  • Drowsiness
  • Diminished energy
  • Darkness in front of eyes