Indication: Kapha Vriddhi or excess of kapha dosha
Vamanam or therapeutic vomiting is the first therapy of Ayurvedic Panchkarma treatment that is done to eliminate the excessive kapha dosha(mucus) from the body. Increased kapha accumulates in the body, specifically in respiratory tract and leads to diseases like bronchitis, cold, cough, asthma etc.
Disease indications for Vamanam
- Chronic indigestion
- Sinus problems
- Cough and cold
- Skin diseases
- Lymphatic obstruction
- Heart burns
- Urticaria etc.
Objective of Vaman
Although mild increase of kapha can be managed by oral medication but, in patients with high imbalance and relocation of kapha, vaman is performed to loosen and mobilize the kapha dosha, in an effort to eliminate it from the body and completely cure the disease.
As kapha dosha is located in the chest, the easiest and most convenient route to expel it out is oral route.
Pre & Post Procedure
Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates certain factors like body and mind constitution (prakruti), dosha imbalance (vikruti), age and mental condition of the patient before opting for any of the panchkarma therapies. In addition to this, the physician also prescribes definite guidelines to patients to be followed before and after the vaman procedure. These guidelines are very important to get positive effects of vaman.
Procedure of Vaman
Ayurvedic physician starts preparing the patient for vaman with oral medicines almost one week before the procedure day. On the Previous day, patient is given kapha aggravating foods like basmati rice and yogurt with salt early in the morning. On the day of Vamana abyanga and svedana administer Prior to Vamana on chest and back to liquefy kapha dosha. Appropriate medicated drink with Vamana drug is given to the patient that will induce vomiting.
Advantages of Vamanam
- Vitiated kapha dosha is eliminated out of the body
- Enhanced digestion and metabolic power
- Restoration of health and elimination of toxins
- Sense organs and mind becomes clear and strong
- Improved fertility, virility and sexual power
- Slowed aging
- Relief from diseases