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.
Raktamokshana is one of the essential procedures among five Penta- bio purificatory procedures as per Sushruta School. It is the important non-pharmacological intervention through which vitiated Rakta Dosha, along with Pitta, is eliminated through the body by using different techniques such as Sira vedha, Jaoukavacharna, Shringa, or Prachhana.
Though it seems to be invasive, due to miraculous results, it is highly expected to adopt in complex clinical conditions where there occurs no relief with the use of specific Doshahara Chikitsa. It is considered as the half treatment in surgical diseases, according to Sushruta
Selected cow's horn is collected which is open at both end. Superficial multiple small incisions are made over the affected area which is cleaned priorly with antiseptic solution. The larger open end is kept over the incised area and blood is sucked through other end.
Patient is also mentally and physically prepared by this pre-procedure. It is the procedure of consuming a given amount of Medicated Ghruta in the morning ( Abhyantar Snehan) and whole body massage & Steaming in a clinic (Bahya Snehan - Swedan)