What is Vamana?

Vamana is an ayurvedic therapy which means therapeutic emesis. It can be a standalone therapy or can be performed as a part of Panchakarma treatment. The therapy involves controlled and planned vomiting.

Vamana – Procedure

The individual should be well slept the previous night and food is completely digested. Usually therapies like abhyanga or pizhichil, navarakizhi are performed before the actual Vamana procedure. Herbal decoctions are consumed by the individual and waited for a while till there is an urge to vomit. In a squatting posture, the throat is tickled gently with the fingers and vomited. The person may be supported by another person. During the process, the umbilical region and the back can be slowly massaged. After vomiting is completed, the person should wash face, hands and feet with warm water. After this therapy easily digestible food like warm gruel should be eaten and warm water should be taken.

Note that this procedure may not be suitable for all especially pregnant women, children, aged and debilitated. Doctor should be consulted to perform this therapy.

Benefits of Vamana

Vamana is used to alleviate Kapha dosha or Kapha associated with Pitta dosha. This therapy mainly cleans the chest area. Toxins are expelled through the oral route which enhances digestion and facial glow is restored.