virechana

virechana

Ayurvedic medicine
A castor oil purgation used in ayurvedic medicine to eliminate ama (physiologic impurities).

virechana (vē·rāˑ·ch·n),

n in Ayurveda, one of the five steps in the Panchakarma therapy, in which castor oil or other laxatives are administered to induce purgation after being on an empty stomach for 12 hours. See also therapy, Panchakarma.
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Various panchkarma procedures that are administered include Katibasti, Grivabasti, Patrapinda Sweda, Churanpinda Sweda, Balukapotli Sweda, Udavartanama, Abhyanga, Nadi Sweda, Sarvanga Abhyanga, Vashapa Sweda, Shirodhara, Shirobasti, Nasaya, Vamana, Virechana, Basti, etc.
Apart from herbal medicines, Ayurveda uses oil massages, steam bath, vamana (emesis), virechana (purgation) and low-calorie diets to "control fat metabolism".