We wash our hands on seeing even little dirt, then why don’t we pay attention to internal cleaning? We act only on what we see. We can see the body from the outside but not from within and hence, we do not give a thought to internal cleansing. Virechana treatment is one of the ways by which we can achieve this.
The body has a way to show how it is working inside. If there is a problem, it will show its signs. If the problem reoccurs, then more attention needs to be given. This is when Shodhan, that is, detoxification or removing the toxins should be brought to use through Panchakarma.
Panchakarma is a set of 5 actions meant for internal cleaning of the body. The 5 actions are:
- Vaman (controlled vomiting/emesis)
- Virechan (Controlled purgation)
- Basti (medicated enema)
- Raktamokshan (blood-letting)
- Nasya (nasal drops)
We already saw What is Vaman here- https://ayureasy.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-vaman-therapy-cost-right-procedure-benefits/
This post is all about Virechana Ayurveda treatment.
Flushing the toxins out of the body through the lower pathways, that is, through the stools is Virechan. Virechana procedure is especially useful for Pitta dosha. This doesn’t mean that Virechana is opposite of Kapha dosha. It can also be done in Pitta dominant Pitta-Kaphaj problems, Pitta sthaangat Kapha (Kapha in the territory of Pitta). Even vitiated Vata is let out during Virechan.
In this post, we will know more about Virechan in the following context:
- Pre-Virechana procedure
- Virechana in Ayurveda
- Post-Virechana treatment
- Who can take Virechana therapy
- Who cannot take Virechana treatment
- Virechana treatment cost
- Virechana benefits
- Virechan complications
Pre-Virechana procedure (Before Virechan):
There is a set of pre-procedures that need to be done before the day of actual Virechana therapy. The number of days this pre-procedure needs to be done depends on how your body digests it. It is done for minimum 3 to maximum of 7 days.
Those are Snehan and Swedan.
Snehan is of two types: External and Internal
1. Abhyantar Snehan (Internal oiling): The patient has to drink ghee daily in the morning on an empty stomach for 3 to 7 days. During this, the diet has to be taken care of. Drinking water must be hot. You should not have food until the burps are clean and devoid of the smell of ghee.
2. Bahya snehan (External oiling): The body is massaged with oils for 3 to 7 days.
Swedan (Steam): Massage is followed by steam.
These procedures are done to separate the doshas and toxins that have been stuck inside the body for years.
Some texts say that Vaman should also be a pre-procedure of Virechan therapy. A person should first complete the procedure for Vaman, then follow the Samsarjan kram (a specified diet) for 7 days, then on the 9th day they should start with the pre-procedures of Virechan.
Virechana in Ayurveda
After the pre-procedures, there are two rest days and then comes the actual day of Virechan. On the day of Virechan, massage and steam are done in the morning. The Virechana medicine which would be an ayurvedic medicinal formulation is given after which you start getting loose motions. The number of times the motion occurs is between 10 to 30. You may feel drained but all of it is worth it.
Post-Virechana procedure (After Virechana):
After Virechan, you must follow the Samsarjan Kram, a specified diet during Virechana treatment. This consists of rice gruel of different consistencies for 7 days. You might have done everything right until Virechan therapy, but not following the diet during Virechana treatment and after that can land you in unwanted effects and can let go of all these efforts in vain.
Who can take Virechana therapy?
Those who have the following:
- Skin disorders
- Pitta aggravated disorders
- Pittaj Prameha
- Raktapitta (urdhwag)
- Spleen-related disorders
- Accumulation of toxins
- Worm infestation
- Eye disorders
Vaman has to be done compulsorily done before Virechan in some of the above pathologies.
Urdhwag Raktapitta, Vomiting etc show signs in the upward direction, this needs to be directed downwards through Virechan.
Who cannot take Virechana treatment?
Those who have the following should not go for Virechan:
- New fever
- Weak, lean
- Thirsty, hungry
- Extreme dryness, extremely oily
- Who has done extreme physical exertion
- Pregnant mothers, post-pregnancy
- Those who are depressed, worried, sad, fearful
Virechana treatment cost
Virechana treatment cost is generally about Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 15,000 in Ayurvedic Panchakarma set up including the massage, steam. Ten thousand is worth it as the effects of this are going to last for about a year long. The cost differs upon the location, the amenities etc. Some places in North and South India also provide food and accommodation, in this case, the cost adds up.
The list of all those who can take Virechan is already told above. All those are the beneficiaries.
You will be rid of the toxins that have been etched in your channels since so long.
Panchakarma is like renovating your body.
Body and the mind feel light.
Benefits of Virechana are not a matter of words but experience.
Complications may occur if the Virechan happens in excess or is inadequate.
Some symptoms of inadequate Virechan are Abdominal discomfort, Vomiting, Nausea, Bloating, anorexia etc.
Some signs of excess Virechana are:
Excess thirst, the patient may feel dizzy, etc.
Ayurveda has told how to manage these complications if at all they appear.
Types of Virechana Ayurveda Treatment
There are no types of Virechan. Some actions may look similar to Virechan but have a slight difference between them. They are,
When we take Virechana treatment at home like Virechan churna, Castor oil, Triphala churna, we do one of these 4 procedures.
It is best to do Virechana Ayurveda treatment in Sharad Ritu (autumn season) when the Pitta dosha is at its peak. Follow everything right and you will experience a drastic change after the Virechana process.