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Dr. Roshani Yawale* and Dr. M. Yusuf M. Shareef Sheikh


Jalaukavacharana is a boon to Ayurveda. It is one of the type of Raktamokshana (blood- letting) which is a procedure of Panchakarma. It is also known as Hirudotherapy or Leech therapy. Since ancient days, therapeutic use of Jalaukavacharana is practiced. In Sushruta Samhita there is separate chapter described on Jalaukavacharana. It is a simple and para surgical process. Cosmetological use of herbs is well defined in Ayurveda. The use of Leech therapy is also emphasized in various dermatological conditions in Ayurved texts. According to Ayurveda vitiated Dosha causes the disease. Leech therapy is useful to remove vitiated Dosha, mostly Pitta Dosha and cure the various diseases such as Mukhadushika, Indralupta, Twak vikara, Sandhigatavata, Netraroga, Shiraroga etc. During Jalaukavacharana jalauka imbibe the blood through the body and secrete various bioactive substance such as hirudin, antimicrobial, vasodilators, platelet aggregation inhibitors and anti-inflamatory agents; which provides nutrients and eliminate toxins. This therapy increases the blood circulation of that place and purifies the blood. Thus the current article illustrates the role of Jalaukavacharana in Cosmetology.

Keywords: Jalaukavacharana, Leech therapy, Raktamokshana, Cosmetology, Indralupta, Mukhadushika.

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