Consuming medicated Sneha (unctuous substances) in different doses depending on strength of disease and patient is called as snehapana. In Ayurveda, there are 4 dosage schedules indicated for snehapana.
The four dosage schedules indicated for Snehapana according to Ayurveda are:
Pravara matra – Sneha digest in 24 hrs
Madhya Yama matra – Sneha digest in 12 hrs
Avara matra – Sneha digests in 6 hrs
Hrisiyasi matra – digests in minutes
Dosage of snehapana is fixed depending on dashavidha pareeksha. Minimum dosage of snehapana is 30 to 50 ml. It is gradually increased by 20 to 30 ml. Snehapana is indicated for 3, 5 or 7 days.
- Sneha like tila taila (sesame oil) / Ghrita (ghee) etc. are selected.
- Offer prayer.
- Selected Sneha should be heated to lukewarm water.
- Medicines should be given orally in early hours of morning at the time of sunrise in empty stomach after daily evacuation.
- Hot liquids like hot water, Kashaya etc. should be given as anupana.
- When the patient attains samyak Sneha laxana it should be stopped.
After the procedure, hot liquid is to taken up to attaining complete digestion of Sneha
Symptoms of digestion of Sneha
- Excess salivation
After completion of digestion of Sneha
- All the symptoms disappear
- Feeling of lightness in the body
- Proper flatus
- Proper hunger and thirst appears
- Clear erection
- Person eligible for sudation
- Roughness in the body
- Hoarseness of voice
- Kaphaja ailments
- Bleeding disorders
- Pacifies Vata
- Lubricates the body
- Softens the doshas
- Improves digestion
- Regularize bowel
- Improves strength and complexion
- Prevents early aging