The Process: Sneha is the Sanskrit word for Ghee and Panam means to drink. The process literally translates to mean oral intake of ghee or oil. The process involves an intake of medicated oils and ghee in gradually increasing quantities. This Process is a prerequisite to the Panchkarma therapy and aims at purifying the internals of the body.
Depending on the intensity of the ailment the process is carried out once daily on an empty stomach. During the entire duration of the treatment no other medicines are to be ingested. A strict diet too needs to be followed which is decided by the experts.
Duration: This therapy is recommended for 5 to 7 days, once daily on an empty stomach. The quantity of the medicated oil and ghee is decided by experts based on the physical constitution and digestion prowess of an individual and is proportionately increased over the treatment period.
Snehapanam is generally the first therapy recommended before starting any Ayurvedic treatment since it purifies the internals of a body.