Virechana is a part of the Panchakarma treatment and helps eliminate excess Pitta from the body. The treatment is performed by administering Virechak Aushdhi (purgative medicine) in milk or warm water preparation after proper preparation of the individual through Poorvakarmas like sudation and oleation. The treatment concentrates on the toxins that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder. The gastro-intestinal tract is also cleansed by Virechana therapy. Some of the herbs preferred include senna, prune, bran, flax-seed husk, dandelion root and psyllium seed. Cow’s milk, salt, castor oil, raisins and mango juice are also used for the treatment. When the laxatives are consumed by the patient, he/she is recommended to follow a restricted diet. This proves beneficial for the patient.
Virechana therapy is extremely beneficial in Pitta disorders such as dermatitis, chronic fever, heartburn, jaundice. For many of the digestive ailments, people fall back to this form of discourse. If addressed well by Virechana, it neutralizes ulcers, gastritis, IBS, jaundice, kidney complaints, intestinal colic, and asthma. Virechana help reduce or heal haematemesis, epistaxis, splenic disorders, worm infestation, anemia, headache, burning eyes, excessive lacrimation, chronic cough, rhinitis, gout, gynecological disorders, rheumatic conditions, anorexia.