Virechana is one of Āyurveda’s best opportunities to create optimal health. Pronounced “veer-EY-cha-nuh,” this two-week, deep cleanse allows the body and mind to truly take a break from the stress, burdens and responsibilities of daily life.
Virechana or therapeutic purgation involves an intricate, methodical and scientific sequence of protocols and treatments. During virechana, you undergo a deep cleanse of the channels and a metabolic reset. Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine instructs that one virechana each year during middle age can maintain and proactively promote health for a lifetime.
A successful virechana can create health improvements in almost every area of life. But to achieve these, it is imperative that the entire procedure be performed under the guidance of a competent and qualified Āyurvedic specialist or Vaidya. Here at MD Āyurveda, Āyurvedic specialist Vaidya Jessica Vellela, BAMS, works alongside Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD, to provide a combined approach to optimal health. With Western Medicine and Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine, patients receive well-rounded care in the form of diagnostic tests and collaboration with your medical team back home.
Virechana is one of five powerful therapeutic procedures in Traditional Āyurvedic Medicine. These five procedures are collectively called Pañchakarma and they act by expelling accumulated waste materials from the body. These methods of biopurification aid the body in eliminating stored pollutants from tissues, organs and channels.
Everyone naturally experiences varying amounts of waste buildup in their bodies over the course of normal life. These accumulated waste products are called doṣhas. Doṣhas are a peculiar concept because they can promote health or be a source of disease, depending on many factors that influence them. Essentially, doṣhas are the things that are most likely to bother you.
The goal of Pañchakarma and virechana is to expel these built-up waste materials from the body in a controlled and safe fashion. At MD Āyurveda, virechana involves constant, careful observation by the entire Pañchakarma team.
Virechana is a process which methodically and systematically expels waste material from the body by flushing the bowels. For several weeks to six months following virechana, positive results typically continue to manifest. This is when most people recognize that any moments of discomfort during the process are worth the benefits.
Virechana purposely interrupts pathological processes, halts them and reverses them. It has many applications and indications in a variety of diseases. Just as importantly, it has specific contraindications. In order to accurately determine if virechana is right for you, a thorough pre-assessment of your health and medical history must be performed.
This pre-assessment generally takes about 20 minutes to discuss your history and current state, and determine if any contraindications are present. If you are contraindicated for virechana, a shorter 3-day Pañchakarma Program will help prepare you for a longer 14-day Pañchakarma Program.
During the pre-assessment, expect to discuss important aspects of virechana and learn about specifics of the procedure for your unique case. The final determination to do virechana will always be determined by Dr. Coeytaux and Vaidya Jessica Vellela. They will provide you with their professional recommendation for a suitable Pañchakarma program and explain specific reasons why virechana may or may not be appropriate at this point in time.
If virechana is determined to not be appropriate and you would like to experience it, Dr. Coeytaux and Vaidya Jessica Vellela will work with you to create a plan of action for an extended preparation period.
If virechana is appropriate for you, the planning phase begins. Completing the full procedure requires a time commitment, dedication and compliance to special routines for several weeks. Part of this commitment includes accepting that the plan may require adjustments depending on how your body responds to the procedure. If this is necessary, Vaidya Jessica Vellela and Dr. Coeytaux will explain the reasons for the adjustments and ask for your compliance with changes.
A successful virechana requires good planning and preparation based on proper expectations. The entire procedure has specific requirements in terms of time commitments, necessary supplies, facilities and your mindset and attitude.
When you sign up for virechana, we will provide you with all the requirements in detail so that you have the support that is needed. We will explain the best attitude to take going through the process. If you find that you need something additional, at any time, just reach out to a staff member with your request.
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