Generally, Raktamokshana is not considered one of the Pancha karma procedures. But according to one of the Ayurvedic scriptures, Acharya Vagbhata has considered Raktamokshana as one of the five supreme treatments of Ayurveda.
Raktamokshana is a blood cleansing procedure. It can be done for preventive or curative purposes.
Rakta means blood and moksha implies releasing. Therefore, Raktamokshana is the therapeutic procedure of releasing blood from the body.
There are various ways through which vitiated blood can be released. They are :
By using these procedures, the vitiated blood is released, and the disease is alleviated.
Though raktamokshana is a reliable procedure, it can be administered in cases of skin disorders like pigmentations, indigestion, anorexia, intoxication, sour belching, excessive sleep, etc.
There are cases when it should not be used like in children and senile people, pregnant women, in case of vomiting, emaciation, etc.
We ask the patient to sit in a comfortable position and apply any medicated oil or ghee on the affected part. Then we do a swedana procedure (perspiration) on the affected part.
While the patient is in the same posture, a tourniquet is tied to arrest the circulation of vitiated blood. Then according to the type of Raktamokshana being administered, the appliance is used to release the vitiated blood.
Our group of alert physicians keeps checking for any kind of complication during the process of Raktamokshana.
After the vitiated blood is released, the tourniquet is removed, and the area is wiped clean. We ask the patient to rest for a while and keep inspecting their condition.
Raktamokshana is the best method to purify vitiated rakta (blood). People regularly undergoing Raktamokshana will not be afflicted with skin disorders, swelling, and other bleeding disorders.
It is the best method for treating skin diseases.
* Outcomes may vary from person to person