Raktmokshanam
Panchkarma

Raktamokshana therapy is the blood cleansing and purification therapy. It is a therapeutic cleaning process given by Ayurveda. It is one of the essential parts of the Panchkarma healing treatments. It is the prime process of blood detoxification. It is derived from the two words, "Rakt", which means blood and "Mokshana", which means letting.

Thus, Rakt mokshana means to let the blood out. The blood is expelled out from the body to reduce the quantity of toxic substances in the blood borne disorders. However, this therapy is not generally recommended to the patients. This is because; it involves a certain amount of risk factors in the whole cleansing and detoxification processes.

Classifications Of Raktamokshana:

Raktamokshana is generally of the following two types:

1. SHASTRA VISRAVANA

Generally metallic instruments are used to carry out this process. It is further classified into two more categories: • Pracchana, which means letting the blood pass through several incisions.
• Siravyadha, which is also known as the Venepuncture



“These are the major diseases in which we are applying raktmokshana procedures and found good results.”

2. ANUSHASTRA VISRAVANA

The metallic instruments are not considered for carrying out this procedure. It is further classified into three categories:

• Jalaukavacharana, which means applying leeches. This is mainly done for the patients with Pitta dosha disorders.

• Alabu, which means creating vacuum and extracting blood through the vacuum using a vegetable, which may be bottle guard or Alabu. This is mainly done for treating Kapha dosha diseases.

• Shrungavacharana, which means applying the cow's horns. This is mainly taken into account for treating the Vata disorders.

In our practice we are using jalaukavacharan and prakshan technique, depending upon the location and diseases.

Indication of Raktmokshan:

Psoriasis

Varicose vein

Alopecia

Allergic conjunctivitis

. Glaucoma

Sciatica

Gout

. Arthritis