Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis)

Vamana means to induce vomiting; it is a Bio-cleansing measure meant for the elimination of doshas (mainly kapha) accumulated in the upper gastrointestinal tract.

Vamana is conducted in the morning preferable between 7 to 8 A.M. If the patient is on empty stomach, a special type of rice preparation made from 1:6 ratio of rice and water, with ghee may be given before treatment. Then Snehana and Swedana are performed. After these procedures patient is advised to sit comfortably in a chair. The a mixture of milk is given full stomach. Vacha powder with honey is given to lick in between.

Medicines for Vamana should be administered in proper quantity, according to the age, strength, constitution, season etc. Usually Vamana starts with 10-15 minutes after giving the medicine. While the patient starts vomiting, masseur massages back and chest in upward direction. To stimulate the urge for the bouts of vomiting, warm water mixed with some herbs is given repeatedly.

Vamana is the best treatment procedure for gastric problems and some respiratory diseases.

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