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Therapeutic Purgation

What is Virechana?

Virechana is one treatment among the five main Panchakarmas. The Sanskrit word Virechana denotes induced purgation to eliminate toxins from the body. It is a premium 7-day detox and rejuvenation treatment program.

Panchakarma is the best way to detoxify and rejuvenate the body. It cleanses the body of toxins, boosts metabolism and prevents diseases from recurring.
For example, when excess Pitta Dosha is manifested within the body, it may lead to various Pitta diseases, such as acidity, rashes, skin diseases, headaches, improper digestion, etc. To eliminate excess Pitta (or Pitta associated with Kapha), a detoxification therapy called Virechana is employed which works at a cellular level to cleanse the system of toxins. Virechana is essentially the administration of therapeutic purgation or therapeutic laxative detoxification therapy.

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Please Note:

Virechana is a meticulous detox therapy and must be done under expert guidance. Please consult your doctor for a treatment plan, tailor-made to your body constitution and Dosha imbalance. This will ensure hassle-free treatment and will enrich your Ayurveda experience.

Why Virechana is Best


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The Process on the Spot

Purvakarma (preparatory procedures):

Purvakarma begins with a proper diet and regimen prescribed by your doctor after your initial assessment. If required, your doctor may give you medicines to boost your metabolism and digestion. Then you will be administered Snehapana which is the intake of a special medicated ghee (clarified butter) everyday, early in the morning for about 5 days, in ascending doses. This is done with the intention to lubricate the internal body systems and loosen up the toxins, even at the cellular level. These toxins are expelled in the main procedure of Virechana.

Subsequent to Snehapana is the procedure of Abhyanga and Swedana (fomentation) conducted for about two to three days. Abhyanga is a relaxing and rejuvenating full body oil massage with warm, medicated, herbal oils. This is followed by Swedana which involves a full-body, steam bath using a special herbal steam. The night before the main procedure a specific meal is prescribed for the patient.

Pradhana Karma- Virechana:

On the Virechana day, after assessing the patient’s condition, the prescribed Virechana medicine is administered on an empty stomach in the morning. You may be advised to drink warm water intermittently. The action of the medicine induces bowel movements. This purgation will occur several times in episodes called Vegas. This may last for about 6-12 hours. Care is taken during the procedure to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. The doctor will check your condition at intervals.

Paschat Karma  Post-Virechana procedure:

Once your condition has been assessed, you will be given a special diet regimen to follow over the next few days known as the Samsarjana Krama. This regimen is adjusted for each individual by the doctor. Follow up medications may also be advised.

Duration and Cost



Duration: The main Virechana procedure takes 1 day. However at least 7 days are required for the preparatory procedures.

Combination therapies: Virechana can be followed by other Panchakarma with the advice of your doctor.

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