Virechana Treatment In Ayurveda | Benefits

  • Within the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda, the Virechana procedure stands as a pivotal therapeutic modality, deeply rooted in the principles of holistic health.
    Virechana plays a crucial role in the restoration of the equilibrium of the Pitta Dosha. This treatment modality involves the controlled administration of purgative drugs (drugs that loosen stool or bowel activity), thereby facilitating the systematic expulsion of accumulated toxins.
  • Virechana is the term used to describe the forceful ejection of vitiated pitta or kapha-associated pitta through the anal route.

What is ‘Pitta’? ‘Pitta’ is one of the three doshas, or fundamental bio-energies, that govern various physiological and psychological functions in the human body. Under normal circumstances, Pitta Dosha plays a major role in the mechanism of the human body. But, any deviation from the normal levels can lead to the manifestation of an array of Pitta-related disorders. 

Role of Pitta Dosha at Equilibrium

Controls digestion and metabolism Imparts glow and complexion
Regulation of body temperature, thirst, and hunger Controls normal Sight Mechanism
Promotes intelligence and vitality يعزز النوم السليم


Signs of Pitta Imbalance

Excessive thirst, sweating, and hunger Digestive issues like Hyperacidity
Impulsive personality and anger issues Loose bowel movements
Formation of rashes, ulcers, and skin eruptions Mood swings, OCD, PMS, etc
Disturbed sleep Extreme fatigue and hair fall 


 Benefits of Virechana

Improved perception of the Sense Organs Longevity and virility
Pleasant mood and temper Relief from Gastrointestinal issues
Improved intellect  Sound sleep
Improved digestion and metabolism Relief from Skin disorders


Types of Virechana

Mainly 4 types;-

  • Anulomana

Virechana where the purging drug brings about the complete digestion of the food before expulsion from the body.


  • Sramsana

Here, the drugs act on the digested or semi-digested food that adheres to the Gastrointestinal Tract before expulsion from the body.


  • Bhedana

Forceful evacuation of impacted, accumulated fecal matter after being broken down into easily passable stool.


  • Rechana

Digested or semi-digested food is liquefied, irrespective of the stage of digestion, and later expelled through the rectum in a liquid form.


Persons eligible for Virechana

Non-healing wounds بواسير Gastrointestinal issues
إمساك Thyroid issues أمراض جلدية
بدانة Genito-urinary issues Inflammation
Excessive burning sensation Herpes Chronic RTIs
الربو Hives and Urticaria Urinary Tract Infections


How is Virechana done?

  • Virechana is an Ayurvedic detoxification procedure that involves a systematic process of detoxifying the body by administering purgative Ayurvedic medicines (Laxative Medicines). Following an internal Oleation (Snehana) and fomentation (Swedana), Ayurvedic formulations are carefully selected based on the patient’s constitution or Prakriti. These purgative medicines promote regulated bowel motions, thereby removing excess Pitta dosha and toxins. 
  • Within 8 hours of taking the medication, the patient may experience 7 to 20 bouts of loose stool. Because the body loses its digestive function after Virechana, the patient will be placed on a strict food regimen. First, a liquid diet consisting of rice porridge will be implemented. The patient’s ability to digest food will be evaluated by our physician before solid food is gradually introduced. 


Can you determine if your Virechana procedure was successful? 

Of course, yes! Ancient Ayurveda scriptures have specifically mentioned the signs where your physician can determine whether your Virechana procedure was carried out perfectly. They are as follows

Feeling of lightness and mild tiredness Regular bowel movements and urination
Reduction of symptoms of the respective disease Calm mind, and soul
Clarity of the 5 sense organs Natural urges like Hunger and Thirst at ideal times
Improved complexion and skin tone Restoration of normal digestion 
Reduction in inflammation of the body Improved intellect


Guidelines to observe immediately after undergoing Virechana Therapy

  • The patient must consume light, liquid food as per the Physician’s instructions.
  • Make sure to maintain hydration by drinking at least 2 to 3L of water a day.
  • Avoid gluttony, sleeping late or sleeping during the day, traveling, coitus, walking long distances, exposure to sun, dew, or strong winds, Suppressing natural urges like defecation and urination, excessive anger or grief, talking loudly, etc.
  • Drink warm water only.
  • The patient must take adequate rest following Virechana in a room. Care should be taken to not lie down directly beneath a Fan, Air Conditioner, or direct wind.


DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this article is intended solely for educational purposes. Treatment decisions should be made exclusively by a well-qualified Ayurvedic physician. Self-medication is strongly discouraged.


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