Purgation therapy in Ayurveda
Virechana is for the elimination of Pitta related toxins from the body to regain health. This process of cleansing is carried out in the small intestine and other Pitta zones. Drugs that stimulate bowel movements are injested for the expulsion of excess Pitta and other Doshas via the rectum.
Internal and external oleation followed by therapeutic sweating are essential before Virechana. On the day of the treatment proper, the purgative is given to the patient at a time towards forenoon.
The process of purgation normally starts within two hours of taking the purgatives. Drinking hot water stimulates it. The faecal discharge turns fluid after seven or eight bowel movements. The faeces, then the toxic Pitta and finally the toxic Kapha are discharged.
Virechana is efficacious in the treatment of diabetes, colitis, jaundice, spleen enlargement, arthritis, dysuria, asthma and all types of intestinal disorders.