Virechan literally means laxative. It is mainly used to treat pitta dosha related conditions.
It is one of the five main procedures of panchakarma.
The objective of the virechan therapy is to purify the blood by removing the toxins from the body. Toxins within the body are eliminated using the virechan therapy. In addition, the gastro-intestinal tract is cleansed. The virechan therapy can be performed either after the vaman therapy or directly as a main ayurvedic procedure. The duration of treatment depends on case to case.
Goal of Virechan Therapy
The goal of the virechan therapy is to clean the sweat glands, small intestine, colon, kidneys, stomach, liver and spleen. Several types of herbs are used for the treatment; they serve as a laxative. Laxatives that are consumed help in ridding the body of the doshas through the rectum. A strict diet is hence prescribed for virechan therapy. This proves beneficial for the patient.
Virechan therapy is indicated where there is a need to cleanse blood, control hyper acidity, etc.