In this specialized Panchakarma treatment, little amount of blood is removed from the body. Vitiated "Pitta" creates various diseases through blood. Because Blood (Rakta Dhatu) is the main carrier of pitta dosha.Raktamokshan relieves the severity of the disease which further can be treated with Ayurvedic medicines. Raktamokshan is done mainly in different methods / ways like "Leech therapy", Blood letting with disposable needle with syringe. Indication - skin diseases like Leucoderma, Psoriasis, Acne, Urticaria, and Leprosy. Jaundice, herpes Zoster, Varicose Veins. Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraine. Enlargement of Liver, Spleen. Varicose Veins. Acute Appendicitis.
Use Of Leaches – Leaches can also be used for bloodletting and are advantageous if the blood is vitiated by Pitta dosha. If the disease manifestation is local e.g. eczema, then leaches are the best option.
They suck the impure blood selectively and shed off from the site on their own. Dressing is required to be done afterwards. The Snehana and Swedana are not required if leaches are to be used.
Indications of Leech Therapy are :