Raktamokshana (therapeutic blood letting)


Though it sounds very primitive way of treating, it is a very helpful process. Raktamokshana

means removing vitiated blood from the body. It is a localized treatment . Generally not more

than 10-40 ml blood is removed at a time

Types Of Raktamokshana

Raktamokshana is of two main types:


1) Using surgical instruments

Pracchana: scratching with a sterile scalp is indicated to drain the accumulated blood from a particular point.

Sira vedhana: Venepuncture is devised whenever vitiated blood circulates in the body. 

2) Other tools

Jalouka prayoga: Deep-seated blood can be extracted with the help of leech application.

Shringa: To extract the blood vitiated by Vata, shringa or deer horn is indicated.

Ghati yantra: To drain the vitiated blood, which has settled in different layers of the skin, cupping is useful. 


Raktamokshana can be helpful for:


Skin diseases, Herpes, Jaundice, Ulcers, Gout, Piles, Abscess, Leucoderma, Eczema, Deep venous thrombosis, varicose veins


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