The Panchakarma treatment in Ayurveda aims at offering a holistic and systematic approach to deep-cleanse the body by flushing out toxins at the cellular level. To prepare an individual for the treatment, a preparatory procedure is performed called the Poorva Karma. It allows the individual to receive maximum benefits from Panchakarma and consists of two crucial processes, i.e. Snehan or oleation therapy and Swedan or fomentation therapy.
The substances used in Snehan therapy can either be of vegetable origins, such as Mahua, Sarson, Priyal, Bahera, Til, Erand, Karanj, or of animal origin, such as milk, ghee, meat, fat, and bone tissue, etc. Different substances may be used for the therapy depending on the season; ghee is recommended during the fall season, while oil is recommended during winter, and fat and bone tissues during the spring.
In the Snehan procedure, medicated oils are administered either internally (Sneha Pana) or externally (Abhyanga, Pizhichil, etc.)
In Sneha Pana, medicated ghee or oil along with herbs is orally administered to dislodge the toxins accumulated in the body and ease their expulsion before the main Panchakarma treatment. There are two ways of performing Sneha Pana:
In the initial phases of Sneha Pana treatment, the dosage is decided according to the stage of the disease, the body constitution, and the digestive power of the individual. After that, a fixed dosage will be given considering the time taken for digestion and changes observed in the individual during the therapy.
The duration of the therapy may last anywhere between 1 and 7 days.
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