RAKTAMOKSHAN - रक्तमोक्षण

Raktamokshan is the fifth & different treatment of five detoxifying  panchakarma or shodhana therapies. 

It helps in clearing the dosha residing in the shakha( deep tissue) & is the best remedial solution for Rakta shuddhi.


Raktamokshan, also known as blood-letting, is a traditional ayurvedic panchakarma procedure that involves the removal of a small amount of blood from the body. In ayurveda, raktamokshan is considered to be an important treatment for various skin diseases.

The basic idea behind raktamokshan is that it helps to balance the doshas, or the bioenergies that govern the functioning of the body according to ayurvedic principles. By removing a small amount of blood, raktamokshan is believed to help reduce excess heat, toxins, and impured doshas in the blood that can cause skin diseases.

There are 4 methods of Raktamokshana out of which two are commonly used.

Types Of Raktamokshan:-

Depending upon the method of achieving the bloodletting, it is mainly categorized into two types.

  1. Siravyadha and Prachchhana
  2. Jalaukavacharana – LEECH Therapy, Sringavacharana, Alabuavacharana and Ghatiyantra

1) Siravedha:- 

This is the most common form of raktamokshan and involves the removal of a small amount of blood from nearest vein of affected part.

It is done using intracath or an IV set butterfly which is introduced in the vein & the required amount of blood is withdrawn . 

Then a compression dressing is done at the site. 

This is done where larger quantity is to be removed for a disease which has a spread all over body. 

Maximum blood removed is 30-100 ml.

2) Jalouka- Leech :- 

Leech treatment involves the use of medicinal leeches for therapeutic purposes. In this form of treatment, leeches are used to draw blood from a specific area of the body, and their saliva is believed to contain various medicinal properties.

Leeches are naturally available creature known for it’s blood sucking abilities.  This is done for a localised disease & used when a small quantity of blood is to be removed. 

Before undergoing leech therapy, an ayurvedic doctor will perform a physical examination and discuss the patient’s medical history to determine if the procedure is appropriate and safe.

The area of the body where the leeches will be applied will be cleaned. Fresh leeches will be carefully placed on the skin in the area where the treatment is needed. The leeches will attach themselves to the skin and begin to suck blood. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. Once the leeches have finished sucking blood, they will detach from the skin. The area will then be cleaned and dressing is done. The patient will be advised to monitor the area for any signs and advised to keep the area clean and dry. A bandage may be applied if necessary.  Each leech sucks around 2-15 ml of blood depending on the size.  In case of need physician may advice the use of more than one leech at the site.  

leech treatment has been used for a variety of conditions like Blood circulation disorders, Arthritis and joint pain, Skin disorders, Digestive problems, Varicose veins etc.

It is crucial to ensure that leech treatment is performed exclusively by a competent and experienced practitioner in a clean and sterile environment to reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, leech treatment may not be indicated for all individuals, and it is advisable to consult with a Ayurvedic Physician prior to undergoing the procedure to determine suitability.

Raktamokshan Benefits:-

  • In general raktamokshana is indicated both in healthy persons and diseased.
  • In healthy persons this is done with the purpose of preventing the disease and in diseased for the cure of the illness.
  • Reduction in redness
  • Reduction in acute pain
  • Reduction in the disease
  • Skin patches are diminished
  • Bruise

Raktamokshan Indications:-

  • Bruise
  • Sprain
  • Bone Fracture
  • Ligament tear
  • Fungal Infections
  • Varicose veins
  • Jaundice
  • Headache
  • White patches
  • Psoriasis
  • Non Healing Wound
  • Gout
  • Skin discoloration
  • Acute pain at any site
  • Obstinate skin diseases
  • Infective disease of the skin
  • Skin eruptions
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Menorrhagia
  • Proctitis
  • Suppurative lesion of the penis
  • Stomatitis
  • Splenic enlargement
  • Abdominal mass
  • Abscess
  • Blue pigmentation
  • Jaundice
  • Pigmentation of the face
  • A variety of mole
  • Moles
  • Fungal infection of the dermis
  • A form of skin disease characterized by abnormal thickening of
  • The dermis
  • Lucoderma
  • Scabies Reddish patchesonthes
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Halotosis
  • Gingivitis
  • Anxiety state
  • Bloody urine
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Abnormal coloration of the body parts
  • Sluggish gastrointestinal tract
  • Excessive thirst
  • Sense of heaviness of the body
  • Excessive debility
  • Lack of taste in the mouth
  • Head ache
  • Hyperacidity
  • Bitter eructations
  • Sour eructations
  • Pungent eructations
  • Feeling of exhaustion
  • Anger
  • Confessional state
  • Salty taste in the mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Bad body odor
  • Intoxication
  • Tremor
  • Reduced voice
  • Excessive sleep he darkness in front of the eyes quite
  • Experiencing Frequently Itching
  • Urticarial rash
  • A type of mole
  • Mentation
  • Black pigmentation
  • Alopecia
  • Malignancies
  • Body ache
  • Uvulitis
  • Redness of the skin
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Hematuria
  • Giddiness
  • Hemorrhoids

Diet for Raktamokshan

Raktamokshan is carried out on full stomach, After Raktamokhana There are no specific dietary restrictions.

Thus this scientific, harmless, fruitful treatment of Ayurveda is beneficial in many ailments; But for that, you need to go to an Ayurveda doctor, follow a diet, and take regular medication.


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