Vamanam
The kapha toxins accumulated in the body and the respiratory tract are effectively removed by Vamana, one of the Panchakarma in Ayurveda. Vamana is therapeutic vomiting, which is a medicated emesis therapy. People with high imbalance of kapha are given this type of treatment, which loosens and mobilizes the toxins, in an effort to eliminate them from the body. Waste products are eliminated through the upper gastrointestinal tract. The vitiated kapha are eliminated through the mouth. After vomiting, the sinus is cleared, which in turn provides relief from congestion, wheezing and breathlessness. Procedure Vamanam is a continuation of the sneha sweda done the previous day. After administering sneha sweda, the patient is given kapha increasing foods. The next morning, after ablutions and a hot water bath, the patient would be asked to sit in a relaxed manner in an armchair. Milk or sugar cane juice is commonly used for this purpose. The patient drinks as much milk as he can. Then a paste of Madana phala, along with Yashtimadhu powder vacha, rock salt and honey mixed with milk would be given. Within a short time, the patient feels nauseous and starts vomiting. All impure accumulated kapha will come out. Normally eight bouts are seen. Vomiting is stopped when the pitta or yellow colouration is seen, which is considered the correct symptom. If the bouts are less, vomiting should be done by irritating the uvula by touching with the fingers or a quill. Then allow the patient to wash his face and fingers with hot water. Then dhoomapana is done. The smoke should be inhaled through one nostril and exhaled through the mouth which is repeated thrice. This is followed by paschat-karma. These are mainly food restrictions, called samsarjana kriya. Just after vamana, if the patient is hungry, thin gruel is given. After ascertaining the digestive power, thick gruel, porridge, porridge with meat soup are given. The entire treatment takes 15 days.However, vamanam is not advisable for pregnant women, the aged, the weak and those suffering from cardiac problems.
BENEFITS
Suitable for treating:-
• Anemia
• Chronic indigestion
• Sinus problems
• Cough and cold
• Oedema
• Epilepsy
• Skin diseases
• Fever
• Loss of appetite
• Lymphatic obstruction
• Nausea and food poisoning are
• Asthma

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