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Ayurveda relation of Hemapheresis with Raktashodhana


Hemapheresis is the process of selective collection of any blood component, with the use of automated equipment. In this process components of blood ie: RBC, WBC, plasma and platelets are removed from the patient ‘s body to achieve patient health and provide relief in symptoms. These diseases are not completely prevented but the symptoms and conditions are manageable. Let’s discuss Hemapheresis in detail about Hemapheresis.



In the process of hemapheresis there is a removal of whole blood from the body of the donor. It is the process by which one or more components are withdrawn from the blood and returned by transfusion of remaining blood to the donor. Hemapheresis is considered as a supportive treatment for auto-immune and blood disorders. In auto-immune disorders the body produces antibodies which attack its own immune system and create infection in the blood. Ayurveda produces some of the great herbs and therapies which are very effective in cleansing the blood, in which leech therapy is very important. Rakta shodhana and Rakta mokshana are the procedures that are involved in hemapheresis. The blood is alive, contains living cells and is the fluid of health, transporting disease fighting substances to the tissue and waste to kidneys. The components of blood ie. red blood cells and white blood cells are responsible for nourishment and cleansing the body, blood also carries the oxygen to all body parts. When the body grows, it faces toxins, environmental pathogens and contaminated food by which the blood gets infected which causes the blood disorders.

Process of Hemapheresis

In this process the blood is taken from the donor’s body and then blood is removed from the donor’s body through a needle. Removed blood is mixed with the anticoagulant and separated in separators which works on the centrifugation process. Where the desired component is separated and the blood is returned to the donor’s body results in the filtered plasma.

The components which are separated are

  • Leukocytes (leukapheresis)
  • Plasma (Plasmapheresis)
  • Platelets (Plateletpheresis)

Leukapheresis: White blood cells (leukocytes) are removed from the patient’s body if the patient is suffering from a disease like thrombosis.


Plasma is the important component of the blood and contains antibodies and antigen- antibody complexes which may contribute to effects of autoimmune disorders. Plasma removal helps in reducing the circulating antibodies and immune complexes. In case a large amount of plasma is removed, the plasma from a healthy donor is given to the patient which is called plasma exchange.
Plateletpheresis: This is very rare like: Myeloproliferative disorders, platelet count can be very high. Removal of platelets is helpful in Platelet removal and can help to avoid complications of thrombosis and bleeding.

Indications of Hemapheresis

Indications of Hemapheresis are

  • Malaria
  • Leukocytosis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Liver transplantation
  • Familial cholesterolemia
  • Lung transplantation
  • Wilson disease
  • Hemolytic disease of foetus
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Aplastic anaemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Systemic amyloidosis
  • Burn with circulatory shock
  • Acute liver failure
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • ABO- Incompatible hematopoietic solid organ transplantation
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Auto-immune hemolytic anaemia
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Coagulation factor inhibitors
  • ABO- Incompatible hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Ayurvedic Overview of Hemaphereis

In Ayurveda blood is known as rakta and a very important component of the human body, disorders of blood cause prolonged and chronic disease. Acharya Shusruta who is known as father of surgery considered Rakta as a fourth dosha, mainly three doshas are the base of the body ie. Vata, Pitta and Kapha but Acharya Shusruta has also described Rakta as a fourth dosha. In Ayurvedic perceptive when doshas contaminates the blood it results in blood disorders which in ayurveda is called as Rakta Pradosaja Vikara, and there are many rakta-pradosja vikara and their modern co-relation which are as follows

  • Pleeha (Splenomegaly)
  • Vidhradi (Abscess)
  • Pama (Scabies)
  • Kamala (Jaundice)
  • Neelika (Hyperpigmentation)
  • Arsha (Piles)
  • Asya paka (Stomatitis/ Mouth ulcers)
  • Mashaka (Elevated moles)
  • Shwitra (Leucoderma/vitiligo)
  • Charamadala (Dermatitis)
  • Kotha (Urticaria)
  • Tilkalka ( Black Moles)
  • Vyanga (Freckles)
  • Visarpa (Herpes)
  • Indralupta (Alopecia)
  • Asru Dhara (Menorrhagia)
  • Kushtha (Leprosy)
  • Guda pak (Inflammation of anal canal)
  • Raktapitta (Bleeding disorders)
  • Vatashonit (Gout arthritis)
  • Medhra paka (Inflammation of penis)
  • Arbuda (Tumours)
  • Piplu (Port wine mark)
  • Gulma (Abdominal tumours)

Ayurveda Relation of Hemapheresis with Raktashodhana

Hemapheresis is related with Rakta Shodhana (purifying blood) and Rakta mokshana in Ayurveda and raktashodhana is the process which is used to purify the blood by using various herbs. There is also another process by which the vitiated Rakta is balanced which is known as Raktamokshna (bloodletting). Now we do not have to confuse rakta shodhana and rakta mokshana, both the processes are quite different. Purifying the blood through the herbs and natural remedies is called Rakta shodhana and where the toxins are very high and Rakta shodhna is not enough, in that case Rakta mokshana is used. Herbs which are used in Rakta shodhana are as follows

Effective Herbs to Purify the Blood

  • Guduchi
  • Haridra
  • Manjishtha
  • Neem
  • Sariva

Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)

Guduchi is very useful in the aggravation of Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) , has anti- inflammatory properties and gives relief from the pain. This herb plays a great role in conditions of worm infestation, gives relief in jaundice, and increases the blood cells. Guduchi is very effective in chronic fever, in skin disorders and also reduces the weakness.

Haridra (Curcuma Longa)

The herb pacifies the Tridoshas and purifies the blood and is useful in preparation of the Red Blood cells. Haridra contains antiprotozoal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and useful in anaemia, leprosy haemorrhage and diabetes etc.

Manjishtha (Rubia Cordifolia)

Manjishtha pacifies the vitiated rakta and contains properties like: anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and anti protozoal. The herb is very effective in leprosy and in wound healing. It purifies the blood completely and acts as a rasanya and also gives relief from stress. The herb is very effective in female reproduction, contains diabetic properties, boosts the stamina and removes the toxins.

Neem (Azadirachta Indica)

Neem contains various properties and is helpful in many problems, it mainly pacifies the Pitta dosha due to its soothing and cooling effects. This herb is used in healing of the wound, abscess, blood disorders, alopecia, itching and greying of the hairs.

Sariva (Hemidesmus Indicus)

Sariva is useful in pacifying all tridoshas, has anti-inflammatory properties and contains a cooling effect. Sariva acts as a rasayana and is diuretic, it increases sexual activity and also increases fertility. The herb contains blood cleansing properties and is helpful in conditions like: syphilis, elephantiasis and leprosy etc. This herb is very useful in digestive problems and also acts as a diuretic.

Rakta Mokshana Therapy

Acharya Sushruta has described raktamokshana as a type of panchkarma. Rakta mokshana is used when there is a presence of high toxins and rakata shodhana is not enough. Some of the natural sources (ie. Instrumental and non-instrumental) used in this therapy are

Instrumental (Shastra)

Siravedha and Pracchan (Vein puncturing)
Non- instrumental (Anu-shastra): Alabu (Pitcher gourd), Jaloka (Leech therapy) and Shrunga (Cow’s horn method)

Siravedha (Venepuncture)

This procedure is very useful in destroying the disease from the root. Venepuncture in Shalya tantra is considered as the half complete therapy for numerous diseases as blood is the pathogenic factor in most of the diseases.

Prachana (Blood Letting by Puncturing)

In this procedure torniquet is applied slightly above the affected area and multiple incisions are made by using the sharp instrument and avoiding the vital structures. The incisions are not made very deep, superficial, should not be done transversally and are made very quickly in the upward direction.

Non- Instrumental

Alabu (Blood letting through pitcher guard)
The process is used in aggravated Kapha dosha and pacifies the aggravated Kapha dosha. In this procedure, small incisions are made on skin and after that the pitcher guard made hollow within, creating vacuum pressure by lighting the diya. Now the guard is kept at incised skin through blood is sucked by vacuum pressure, thus doing blood letting.

Jaloka (Leech Therapy)

This is the most important therapy in the raktamokshana and is a commonly followed procedure for blood letting. In aggravated Pitta vitiated rakta dosha this is very helpful as the leeches reside in the cold conditions. Jaloka is very useful in acne and skin disorders, the procedure is used in the patients who are scared from other bloodletting procedures.The saliva of leech contains the chemical Hirudin which is anticoagulant and prevents the blood from coagulation and inhibits the platelet aggregation and increase fluids and blood flow from the affected area. Leech only takes the blood which is vitiated and corrects microcirculation disorders. The therapeutic properties of this procedure are: it is immunostimulating, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and atherosclerotic.

Types of Leech

There are mainly two types of leeches are considered ie. Poisonous and non- poisonous. Poisonous is called Savish and has 6 more types, non- poisonous is known as Nirvish contains 6 types. These types are described in (Sushruta Sutrasthana chapter/13 Sloka 11/12)

Poisonous (Savish Jaloka)

  • Krishna
  • Karbura
  • Algarda
  • Indrayudha
  • Samudrika
  • Gochandana

Non-poisonous (Nirvish Jaloka)

  • Kapila
  • Pingla
  • Shankh Mukhi
  • Mushika
  • Pundrikmukhi
  • Saavrika

Shrunga (Blood Letting Using Cow’s Horn)

In this procedure the selected cow’s horn is collected which is open at both ends, this is mainly used in Vata vitiated rakta. Small and multiple incisions are made over the affected area. The one side of the horn is placed at the incised skin and from the other side suction is created by the mouth which leads to blood letting. This procedure can be compared with cupping therapy.


Hemapheresis is the process used in vitiated blood, as our body grows the blood gets affected by various types of environmental factors and by toxins. In Hemapheresis one or more components are withdrawal to achieve the health of the patient. Vitiated blood causes in many blood disorders ie, Rakta pradosja vikara, in blood disorders it is very important to purify the blood. Ayurveda includes two main therapies ie. Rakta shodhana and Rakta mokshana and the bloodletting therapy by leech is one of the most easy and beneficial procedures in the Rakta mokshana. The procedures which are given in this article only remove the vitiated blood from the body. The herbs which are described here are used to pacify the blood and also provide strength to the immune system and have no side effects.

All About Farts as Per Medical View – Treatment of Digestive Disorders


Indigestion – known as dyspepsia or an disturbed stomach- is discomfort in the human abdomen.  Indigestion defines various symptoms such as smelly farts, lower abdominal pain, acid reflux, heartburn, constipation and bleeding. In this article we will discuss all about farts, its possible symptoms, causes, why do we have these,  ayurvedic point of view on farts and herbal formulations which are proposed by Planet Ayurveda  for the treatment of smelly farts The average person forms 0.6 – 1.8 liters of intestinal gas per day. Various scientific studies have found that there is no significant difference between the concentration that younger and older people fart. In addition, there is no remarkable difference between the sexes.


A fart, generally known as flatulence or gas, is an accumulation of gasses within the small intestine from respiration and digestion. It is considered a normal part of how the body functions and oftentimes not a health concern. Normally, farts are noiseless and considerable. Apart from this, they can be smelly and loud. A person may experience some pressure and bloating before discharging gas. A typical fart is buildup of various gasses, most are not smelly. The smell is caused by sulfur compounds, which are present in eggs and some vegetables. There are various other foods and medications that can affect how much and how foul-  smelly gas is in the digestive tract.


What are the symptoms of farts or flatulence?

Releasing wind is common, but the concentration varies between individuals and based on a number of different factors including diet. Some people release wind only a few times per day, others up to 35 to 40 times, while the average quantity seems to be about 15. Symptoms of overmuch flatulence or farts may include:

  1. Foul smell of flatus
  2. Discomfort and abdominal distension
  3. Loud farts
  4. Releasing wind often
  5. Rumbles in the lower abdomen

Why do we fart?

The body forms intestinal gas as part of the performance of digestion. Once this gas is inside in the body, it requires to be released by anyhow. Farts are mostly thrown out from the anus or passed through the mouth as a burp. Some intestinal gases come about from the air that people swallow when they are drinking through a straw, smoking, chewing or eating. Oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen are external gases that are found inside the body and are known as exogenous air. On the other hand, intestinal gas forms in the body when bacteria in the colon disrupt the food and is called endogenous gas. Undigested food items are the main cause of foul-smelling flatulence.

Causes of farts

Causes of smelly farts can vary from harmless to serious illness. It may not be easier to determine what is behind foul smelling flatulence due to the number of probable causes. Various reasons for this condition revolve around medication and food. Moreover, some causes may represent an underlying health issue. The following are most common cause of smelly farts:

1. Heavy consumption of fiber rich food

High fiber food is difficult to digest. Despite the fact that it is good for people’s overall health. Gradual digesting foods breakdown and ferment in the digestive system. The fermentation process forms odor gas. Some high fiber food contains sulfur compounds which may affect odor. Foods which may cause odors are

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Garlic

2. Intolerance to food

Food tolerance is the most general cause of stink odor farts. Average conditions that can affect smelly farts include gluten and lactose intolerances. In these conditions, the body’s inability to disintegrate gluten or lactose causes foul gas to create and immediately be passed. There are various people who may have food intolerance due to disorders such as celiac disease.

3. Constipation

It is produced when stool accumulates in the colon or large intestine and can have no way out. This happens due to taking some medications, unhealthy diet and other biological factors.  The formation of stool in the  colon often causes smelly gases. This excessive gas may cause discomfort and bloating. When ultimately passed, the gas is sometimes smelly.

4. Medications

One of the most culprits is antibiotics which may destroy some of the healthy or good bacteria in the digestive system while they work to demolish an infection. The discharging of good bacteria  affects an imbalance in the digestive system. These imbalances can cause a person to form bad smelly gas. It is also causing constipation and bloating

5. Colon cancer

Although not as usual, a person may undergo excessive smelly flatulence due to the presence of cancer in the colon. Cancerous polyps or tumors can create blockages that cause gas to form in the intestine.

6. Infections and Bacteria

The digestive tract manages the breakdown of foods into essential nutrients,  which are involved in the blood. It also forms waste, which is released through the colon. The digestive tract depends on various components to do this, including its native good bacteria. Sometimes, the levels of bacteria in the digestive system may become damaged, leading to an infection.

The infection will sometimes cause

  1. Nausea
  2. Fatigue
  3. Vomiting
  4. Foul smelly gas
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Pain in the abdomen
  7. Fever

Here are some healthy tips which are helpful to avoid excessive gas may include:

  1. Stop eating naturally smelly foods
  2. Avoid carbonated drinks
  3. Eat in smaller portions
  4. Avoid trigger foods
  5. Drink plenty of water
  6. Limit yoghurt and foods with probiotics.
  7. Less consume high fiber rich foods
  8. Limit consumption of apple,pear, peach apricot
  9. Avoid consuming legumes such as soybeans, nuts, peas, beans and chickpeas.

Ayurvedic Aspects of flatulence or farts

As per ayurveda, farts or flatulence are known as Anaha. This condition is produced due to imbalance of Vata dosha which is characterized by scanty defecation, occasional breathing disorders and stiffness in the lower abdomen. Planet ayurveda is an ayurvedic company which provides various  herbal remedies which are helpful for the treatment of smelly farts and other digestive disorders. These products are prepared under the guidance of MD experts by following proper guidelines and principles of ayurveda. These  herbal products are pure or vegetarian and safer for use. Here we are discussing about herbal products by Planet Ayurveda:

1. Agnitundi Vati

-It is a digestion pack offered by planet ayurveda  which is helpful in indigestion. These herbal capsules are formulated by using pure extracts of Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum), Ginger (zingiber officinale), Triphala ( Emblica officinalis, terminalia chebula and terminalia bellirica) which are advantageous to lower acidity problems and some other  stomach issues. These excellent herbs are controlling flatulence and heartburn.

Dosage- 2 capsules three times daily with warm water, after meals.

2. Draksha Avaleha

Planet Ayurveda Draksha Avaleha (Grape saffron jam) beneficial to cure all stomach disorders and is prepared with the help of various herbs like Draksha (Vitis vinifera), Shunthi (zingiber officinale), pippali (Piper longum), Yasthimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and many more.

Dosage – One teaspoonful of draksha avaleha two times  everyday, it can be taken with warm milk.

3. Digestion support

This herbal remedy contains excellent properties which are helpful for the treatment of digestive disorders It improves the appetite, digestion, constipation, balance pH level and improves digestion. Digestion support is prepared by using natural ingredients such as bahera(Terminalia billerica), dhania (coriander sativum), jeerak (cyminum cuminum),sounf(Foeniculum vulgare) and many others. Planet Ayurveda offers these herbal capsules to treat flatulence, gas, reduce gastric acid and constipation.

Dosage – 2 capsules 2 times a day with warm water, after meals.


Indigestion is a common health condition which can be characterized by hyperacidity, pain in abdomen, discomfort, constipation, burps and heartburn. Planet Ayurveda provides the best herbal remedy for the treatment of these health issues as we discussed previously. As per ayurveda, a healthy diet plays an essential role to keep us healthy and active. Our body needs healthy nutrients because they help to protect us from serious illness. Try to follow Planet Ayurveda’s healthy diet tips and above mentioned products to cure smelly farts and other stomach problems.