Virechanam is a second type of Panchakarma treatment. It is therapeutic Ayurved Medicine induced purgation therapy.

In this treatment ,person is made to undergo controlled purgation for a specific amount of time. It is designed to flush out body toxins. Liver detox, colon detox etc. procedures that are quite famous now-a-days are derivatives of Virechana therapy.

This is very useful in diseases caused by pitta dosha e.g. Hyperacidity, herpes, gulma (Type of tumor) jaundice, anemia, skin diseases etc. The best season for this procedure is ‘autumn’.

Purpose of Virechana :

Virechana treatment is targeted to expel increased Pitta Dosha out of the body. When Pitta dosha gets increased, it causes certain types of diseases – such as abscess, liver disorders, gastritis etc. If the extent of Pitta increase is less, then oral medicines can be given to suppress it. But if it has increased to a large extent and if it has moved from its natural place to other places, then it needs to be expelled out of the body. By expelling it out, the disease gets cured, often completely. Since Pitta is situated at the level of intestines, expelling it from the anal route is very easy. Hence, Virechana treatment is designed. To expel it out, first the Pitta Dosha needs to be forcefully brought from the extremities and different organs into the intestines, and then purgation is induced, to expel it out completely.


Virechanam helps to get rid of Pitta toxins from the body that get accumulated in the liver and gallbladder. It is extremely beneficial in management of Pitta disorders such as dermatitis, chronic fever, heartburn, jaundice, etc.Virechanam

Contraindication Condition for Virechana Karma :

Virechana karma needs to be avoided in small children, the elderly, those suffering from diarrhoea, depression, Tuberculosis and also if the gastric fire is very weak.

Contraindicated in case of Patients with ano-rectal canal diseases and patients above 70 years of age.

Pre-Procedure :

Prior to the Virechana procedure, the patient is subjected to oleation (Snehana) and swedana -fomentation. The internal oleation is done for three to seven days followed by a medicated steam bath performed for three days.

Certain factors like body and mind constitution, age of the person, mental condition should be considered, while opting for Virechana karma. Based on this, the patient is given specially formulated Virechan medicine under the supervision of Ayurvedic physician.

Main Procedure:

The procedure generally begins at 9 to 9.30 a.m. and continues till 12 to 1.30 p.m. Medication is given to produce loose motions in the beginning. The person is asked to have fomentation to abdomen with hot water bag or heating pad. Generally the loose motions start within an hour or two. When the Pitta gets eliminated and Kapha in the form of mucus starts coming out the procedure is stopped. Maximum 30 loose motions may occur, but even then the patient doesn’t get exhausted too much.

Post Procedure : (Sansarjan Karma)- Diet Indications After Virechana Karma

After the procedure of Virechana karma, the Samsarjana Karma or specific diet indications are followed for a period of 3 to 7 days. This consists of starting with Manda (rice water), the Peya (thick rice water), then Vilepi (thicker rice water) and finally Akrita Yusha and Krita Yusha (vegetable soup). This entire process may take from 3 to 7 days.

Benefits Of Virechanam

  • Detoxification of the toxins from the body and thus promotes good health.
  • Detoxify the toxins from the liver and hence regulates proper metabolism.
  • Beneficial in skin disorders, urticarial rashes, allergies.
  • In case of Gout, rheumatism, purgation is classically said to be the best.
  • Mainly relieves gastro-intestinal disorders.
  • Reduces weight by removing excessive fat from the abdomen.
How it works :

Since it includes therapeutic purgation, it removes all aggravated doshas that are channelized into the koshtha (abdomen).

Virechanam is used in management of following conditions at Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic De-Toxification :

Virechanam helps in removal of toxins through induced purgation (excretion).

Gastric Problems :

Virechanam Ayurvedic Therapy is beneficial in management of gastric problems such as constipation, hyperacidity, Chest burning, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Spleen disorders, Tumours growth, Jaundice,Gall stone

Skin Care :

Virechanam Ayurvedic Therapy is extremely beneficial in pitta disorders such as dermatitis, Psoriasis, Urticaria, Acne, Vitiligo Eczema Hypersensitivity

Other Important - Weight Loss - Infertility, PCOS, Obesity, diabetes, Thyroidisam, Rheumatic arthritis, Chronic asthma, Gout, Urinary retention

Pre Conception Program :

Before conception or treatments of Infertility cases, in both male & female patients as per Prakruti Parikshan

Virechan is the important part of Al detoxification treatments

Weight Loss Program :

Virechan is the important part of Al detoxification treatments