Raktamoksha therapy is one of the Panchakarmas of Ayurveda. Literally meaning Blood Letting, Raktamoksha is performed to eliminate the toxins from the bloodstream through the gastrointestinal tract. It is a safe, painless and highly effective form of Panchakarma. Raktamoksha entails the refinement of blood, hence administered to treat disorders pertaining to skin, such as urticaria, rash, eczema, acne, scabies, leucoderma, chronic itching and hives.

Enlarged liver, spleen, hemochromatosis and gout can also be cured by applying the blood letting therapy. The therapy develops the immune mechanism in the blood system by stimulating the antitoxic substances in the blood stream. Barring a few exceptions such as people suffering from anemia, edema, weakness or those who are too young or too old, everybody can opt for Raktamoksha therapy.


The disintegration of red blood cells in the liver leads to the formation of pitta. Since pitta and blood are closely linked to each other, any imbalance between the two can cause diseases related to blood. For instance, increase in pitta causes toxicity in the blood, thus giving way to various pitta-genic disorders. Here comes the use of Raktamoksha therapy.

In such cases, if a small amount of blood is extracted from the vein, a lot of tension can be relieved that was created by the pitta-genic toxins prevalent in the blood. Moreover, the process of bloodletting stimulates the spleen in order to produce anti-toxic substances that can help the stimulation of immune system of the body. Thus, Raktamoksha therapy cures a number of blood-borne diseases.

Diseases Treated By Raktamoksha Therapy

Raktamoksha Therapy is performed to treat a number of diseases including abscess, eczema, gout, herpes and jaundice. People suffering from Leucoderma and piles are often suggested to opt for Raktamoskha therapy. It is learnt that various types of skin diseases can be easily cured by proper administration of Raktamoksha therapy. Various Ayurvedic practitioners suggest people to opt for Raktamoksha therapy, if they are suffering from syncope and ulcer.

Two Types of Raktamokshan Therapy

• Sira Vedhana: Also termed as Venepuncture, Sira Vedhana is advised whenever vitiated blood circulates in the body.

• Jalouka Prayoga: During Jalouka Prayoga, leech is applied to extract deep-seated blood. By doing this, the blood vitiated by pitta is extracted efficiently.

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