leech therapy

Raktamokshana is one of the Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment. It is made of two words – Rakta i.e blood and Mokshana i.e to leave and combining both these words makes the word Raktamokshana which means ‘to let out blood’.

Raktamokshana is an effective blood purification therapy, in which carefully controlled removal of small quantities of blood is conducted to neutralize accumulated Pitta toxins of many blood born diseases. This is because Raktamokshana decreases the quantum of enhanced Pitta dosha and thus the diseases caused by Pitta are also relieved.

According to Sushruta,certain diseases are caused by vitiation of the blood. He recommended bloodletting to get rid of the vitiated blood. Bloodletting was usually carried out with the help of precise surgical instruments or by leeching.

Purificatory measure in diseases related with impure blood by using external means like ,instruments [Pracchanam] leeches [Jalookavcharana] , horns etc.

Raktamokshana Indications

  • Skin Diseases
  • Varicose Veins
  • Jaundice
  •  Headache
  •  White Patches
  •  Psoriasis
  •  Gout
  • Acute Pain at any site

Raktamokshana Benefits

  • Reduction in Redness
  •  Alleviation of Acute Pain
  •  Skin Patches are Diminished


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