Rakta Moksha, also called bloodletting, is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment method for the removal or displacement of impure blood from the affected body part. Rakta Moksha therapy is also regarded as one of the five ama elimination procedures in Panchakarma.
Rakta dhatu is one of the seven dhatus or bodily tissues. When the Rakta dhatu is healthy, it enhances the individual’s complexion and enables the proper nourishment of the muscles and other tissues. In its vitiated state, it leads to several diseases like mukhapaka (oral ulcers), raktapitta (epistaxis), vaivarnya (discoloration of skin), kushta (skin diseases), gulma (tumor), etc. Some of the factors that produce toxins in blood, according to Ayurveda, are:
By letting out the blood through Rakta Moksha Ayurveda therapy, all the problems caused due to vitiated blood can be eliminated. It can be performed along with other therapies like Virechana, Vamana, Nasya, and Basti to balance the doshas as well as the energies that control the biological functions in the body.
There are two categories in the way the Rakta Moksha treatment is performed.
Shastra Visravana therapy is performed using metal instruments. In this therapy, the blood is let out through two procedures:
The therapies in Anushastra Visravana are performed without using metal instruments. They are of four types:
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