Panchakarma Therapy – Virechana

It is drug induced purgation. It is used predominantly for Pitta disorders. Virechana is the expulsion of the vitiated Doshas through lower digestive tract or anus. Doshas here implies not only bodily doshas viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha and Doshas of the mind Viz.  Raj and Tam but also vitiated tissues of the body (Dushya) and  waste matter (Mala).

Recommended for :

  • Skin disorders
  • Fever
  • Fistula
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Piles or haemorrhoids
  • Disorders of spleen
  • Goiter or enlargement of thyroid gland
  • Tumors
  • Retention of urine
  • Worm infestation
  • Anaemia
  • Headache
  • Pain in chest
  • Jaundice
  • Gout
  • Disorders of the reproductive system
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Oedema or swelling
  • Loss of appetite

Contraindicated in :

  • Trauma at anal region
  • Delicate persons
  • Anal Incontinence
  • Bleeding from lower digestive tract
  • Following fasting
  • Weak digestive power
  • In a lustful person
  • In Alcoholics

Expulsion of faeces follows that of Pitta and then Kapha in properly done Virechana.

Indications of properly done Virechana

  • Purification of body channels
  • Proper functioning of sense organs
  • Lightness in the body
  • Enhanced digestive power
  • Proper passing out of flatus
  • Expulsion of the Doshas in the proper sequence of faeces, Pitta and Kapha

What happens if Virechana is done in excess

  • Body ache
  • Tremors
  • Sleepiness
  • Loss of energy
  • Darkness in front of eyes
  • Hiccups
  • Insanity
  • Rectal prolapse (Protruding out of the rectum)
  • Unconsciousness
  • Expulsion of blood associated faeces
  • Sunken eyes
  • Thirst