Impure blood causes rashes, fever, allergies and breathing problems. Rakta Shodhana (blood cleansing) and Virechana (purgation) are treatments in Panchkarma that pacify excess pitta and strengthens vital organs like blood tissues, liver, colon, spleen and gall bladder. Manjistha herb supports the lymphatic system in removal of wastes from the body.
Blood purification plays a major role in optimizing various critical bodily functions. Even though the body has specific organs such as the liver, kidneys and the lymphatic system devoted to ensure that toxins are flushed out, the blood stream still needs to be pure to mitigate the pressure on the organs.
An impure bloodstream can cause innumerable problems such as high fever, enhanced heart rate, rashes, allergies and breathing problems. Unhealthy foods, pollution and stress are the contributing factors for blood impurity. It is imperative to get to the root of the issue and find out you can work towards blood purification.
According to Charaka Samhita in Ayurveda, when the blood is pure, the person is bestowed with strength, vitality, luster and happiness.
Causes Of Blood Impurity
The Charaka Samhita states that blood impurity is caused primarily by excess salt intake, pungent substances, vinegars, fermented foods, excess anger and heat. Impure blood results in diseases such as internal hemorrhage, menorrhagia (excess bleeding during menstruation), anorexia, headaches, saline taste in the mouth, various skin disorders, foul smell from the body and mouth, excess belching and drowsiness.
The Charaka Samhita recommends the following methods to help prevent toxic-buildup and impurities from the blood stream:
Panchakarma comprises of five treatments that help remove toxins from the body. The treatment lasts a minimum of 14 days and assists in detoxification/cleansing of the body. Rakta Shodhana or blood cleansing is a procedure performed during the Panchakarma therapy, helping pacify the excess pitta circulating in the body. Blood cleansing affects vital organs such as blood tissues, liver, spleen and the gall bladder.1
Although blood-letting is not commonly practised, it could be a go-to solution for curing deep skin abscesses, boils, cysts, pustules or pimples. Caution must be exercised in treating patients suffering from anemia, edema and weaknesses. Blood-letting must not be performed on children or among old people. Ensure that the procedure is carried out by a qualified and experienced physician.
Purgation or Virechana is the second amongst the five detoxifying/cleansing therapies in Ayurveda. Virechana is the cleansing of the pitta and helps purify the blood stream. Virechana cleanses several vital parts of the body such as the sweat glands, small intestine, colon, kidneys, stomach, liver, and spleen. Vireka is also another method commonly used for removing blood toxins.2
Manjistha or Rubia Cordifolia (scientific name) is one of the recommended plants in Ayurveda that helps in blood purifying. The roots of the Manjistha are said to have medicinal values. The great sage, Sushruta, had mentioned Manjistha as a plant that helps pacify the pitta doshas. Manjistha supports the natural functions of the lymphatic system as it facilitates nutrition of the cells and removal of wastes from the body.3
Blood purification is a holistic process. Ayurvedic treatments in combination with the right diet and lifestyle can ensure better purification and improved quality of blood.
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