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Raktamokshan is the procedure of blood-letting. In this procedure, we take out the impure blood, due to which a person is suffering from a disease.
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Raktamokshan is the procedure of blood-letting. In this procedure we take out the impure blood, due to which a person is suffering from a disease. Hence this procedure detoxifies ‘raktadhatu’ ( Blood). It is really very helpful & effective procedure though it sounds very primitive.

Types of Raktamokshan

1. Jaloukavcharan (Leech Treatment)

Leeches are called jalouka in ayurveda.As they are re produced in water. They stay, eat and get nutrition from water. Hence they are called jalouka.Leeches used in the procedure of raktamokshan are found in small ponds were the water does not flow.

According to modern science leeches are classified in to hirudinea group. They have a special chemical called hirudin in their saliva which prevents blood coagulation.

There are 2 types of leeches:

1. Hirudo medicinalis : Non poisonous type of leeches used in medicinal treatment.

2. Hirudo detrimental : Poisonous type of leeches which after bite give rise to poisonous reactions.

Description of Leeches

Leeches are 2-3 inches long. They have property to contract and retract. Due to this property they can increase and shorten their length. Due to this property they can move and swim in the water. Their upper side is convex and they are bloated internally. Both the ends of leeches have a special succer due to which they can get grip on any object and support themselves. Their color is grayish green and they have transverse circular lines on their body. The front succor has 5 pairs of black dots by the sides which are their eyes. Their body has a thin covering on it which keeps on changing. Below this covering is the skin, they breath with the help of the skin. Their skin has small glands through which secretion oozes out which is jelly like and this discharge then covers the skin. Due to this discharge the skin remains soft and slippery. Their body can contract and retract due to circular and longitudinal muscles.

Their digestive system constitutes of mouth, jaw, and stomach, intestines, int and ext rectum. The blood sucked by them goes directly in the stomach from the mouth via throat. Their saliva contains a chemical called hirudin which prevents blood coagulation. They also have reproductive and nervous system. The leeches first mainly suck the impure venous blood.

2. Sirvyadha

The part above the affected area is tied with tourniquet and the blood from the respective vein at that site is withdrawn with syringe and needle recently. But in the ancient times the vein was directly cut with a sharp instrument

Indications for Raktamokshan

Benign tumors, enlarged glands, filariasis,Gout,skin diseases,swelling etc

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