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Chikitsaa Prakaara:Pratisaaran`eeya Kshaara

Prakaara Paribhaashaa:

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  • The procedure by which Vilayana or Dravikaran`a (liquefaction) of Dusht`a Tvak and Maamsa and also removal of the same is achieved with the help of Kshaara is called as Kshaarakarma.
  • It becomes imperative in certain conditions to physically remove the sloughs, Dusht`a Tvak (contaminated) skin or hypertrophic muscles from a wound or a lump, at such places Kshaarakarma should be done.


  • Prtisaaran`eeya Kshaara is again divided into three types viz.
  • Mridu,
  • Madhyama and
  • Teekshn`a.

Poorvakarma (Prerequisites):

Medicine preparation:

  • MadhuKaanjeeDadhiDadhi MastuLepa of S`heetaveerya DravyaTila KalkaYasht`iGhritaAmla VargaSauveerakaTushodakaDhaanyaamla


  • The procedure should be conducted inside a room free from excessive wind flow and sunlight.
  • The person should be given a position according to the disease.
  • The area around the site of Kshaarakarma should be covered by a cloth.
  • For Pittaja diseases Gharshan`a (rubbing), for Vaataja diseases, Kathin`a and Supta Tvak Lekhana (scrapping) for Kaphaja diseases and when excessive Kan`d`oo and S`hotha is present then Prachchhaana Karma should be done before application of Kshaara.
  • Then Kshaara should be applied with the help of S`halaakaa.
  • Kshaara should be washed off after a time required calculating 100 numbers. (For Kshaara karma at Mridu organs the time should be that equal to calculate 50 numbers.)
  • The site should be covered by a Plota / palm.


  • The site of Kshaarakarma should be flushed with drugs from Amlavarga.
  • Then Lepa of solid part from SauveerakaTushodaka etc. or TilaYasht`i should be applied at the site of Kshaarakarma.
  • The patient should be given Abhishyandi Aahaara e.g. DadhiMaasha. Due to this there is formation of Kleda at the site of Kshaarakarma and Vilayana of Maamsaadi Dhaatu resulting in Ksharan`a (destruction) of Dhaatu.

Other Description:

  • Pratisaaran`eeya Kshaara should not be used at the region of MarmaSiraaSnaayuSandhiTarun`aasthiSevaneeDhamaneeGalaNaabheeNakhaantaMed`hraSrotasaagraNetraKan`t`ha and the region where small amount of Maamsa is present.
  • This procedure has effect on Kleda.
  • This procedure should not be done when the patient is having multiple wounds.
  • After S`hastrakarma, Kshaarakarma should be done over Vartmaars`ha, S`hushkaars`ha (Netra Roga) and Arbuda Netra Roga.

Following is the procedure performed particularly in the treatment of Ars`ha:

Poorvakarma (Prerequisites):

Instrument checklist:

  • Ars`hoyantra
  • Darvi
  • Koorchaa
  • S`halaakaa Yantra

Patient preparation:

  • The patient should eat light diet having Anulomana effect in small amount on the previous night.
  • The patient is not allowed to eat anything on the day of procedure till the end of the procedure.
  • He should be asked to evacuate bowel and pass urine prior to the procedure.
  • The patient should have bath. (The area should be cleaned thoroughly before Kshaarakarma.)
  • Svastivaachana to stabilize the patient psychologically.

Medicine preparation:

  • Pratisaaran`eeya Kshaara – Mridu Kshaara should be used for Kshaarakarma of Raktapittaja Ars`ha.


  • Yantranaa – positioning – The position should lie down in a supine position on a bed or a table with legs spread to expose the anus for better view and to facilitate Kshaarakarma.
  • In case of a child or a serious patient, the patient should lie on the lap of the assistant (in such a manner that the patient’s body above waist, lies on the lap of assistant.)
  • The patient’s anus should face east.
  • His waist should be elevated by keeping a pillow below his waist.
  • The patient should be asked to raise his legs and should be given lithotomic position.
  • Then the assistant should apply lubrication to anus and insert lubricated Ars`ha Veekshan`a Yantra, slowly and steadily through the anal opening.
  • Then the patient is asked to do Pravaahan`a (straining).
  • Due to this the Ars`ha will be visible in the Ars`ha Veekshan`a Yantra.
  • The Kshaara should be taken over a Jambvosht`ha S`halaakaa Yantra which is covered by the cloth at one end.
  • The physician should pull the Ars`ha slightly upwards or press the upper part of Ars`ha so that the root of the Ars`ha is visible and apply the Kshaara at the root of Ars`ha.
  • After application of Kshaara the Ars`ha Veekshan`a Yantra should be closed with hand for a time required to count 100 numbers.
  • Then the Kshaara is applied again till the symptoms of proper Kshaarakarma are achieved.
  • When the Ars`ha looks like ripe Jambu or Avasanna (shrinked) or slightly Nata (bent), Kshaara should be washed off with Kaanji, Dadhimastu, S`hukta or Phalaamla Rasa. Then ghee and Yasht`imadhu should be applied.
  • Then the Ars`ho Yantra should be removed gently.
  • Kshaara karma should be done for one Ars`ha at one time. After 7 days Kshaara should be applied to another Ars`ha and so.
  • The Kshaara should be applied to Ars`ha on right side initially then to that on left side, then back and then front.
  • In case of prolapsed piles the Kshaara should be applied without using any instrument.


  • Abhyanga should be done over anus and the area around anus.
  • Avagaaha should be done with hot water and Parisheka with cold water. (According to some Parisheka with hot water should be done.)
  • Then the patient should be asked to rest for a while.

Last updated on April 30th, 2021 at 05:43 am

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