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What is Snehana?
Snehana is the oil massage. Oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastro-intestinal tract. Oil massage also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple, thus helping to remove stress and to nourish the nervous system. Snehana is given daily for three to seven days, as indicated.

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Panchakarma is a set of detoxification therapies in Ayurveda the science of life. Panchakarma involves 5 types of detoxification methods. They are Vamana,Virechana,Anuvasana basthi,Niruha basthi,Nasya karma and Vamana. Snehana and Swedana are two preperatory methods of panchakarmaby which the toxins and vitiated doshas are brought to amashaya or stomach They are secreted out of the body in different ways as per the pachakarma done.


This procedure of Snehana produces snigdhata (suppleness) in the body. Ayurvedic texts compare the exhausted human body with a dry stick, which breaks easily. Application of oil to the body makes it supple. This therapy can be employed either by administering oily substances internally or by using them externally in the form of oil massage. Abhyanga and Mardhana- are specialised oil massage therapy of Ayurveda.


Snehana is a regular health care measure in maintaining positive health and energy. Massage preserves the body energy, improves the blood circulation and helps in excreting toxins out of the body through sweat, urine and mucous; thus rejuvenating and relaxing the body. It protects against the vitiation and aggravation of vaata and kapha doshas. Massaging oil into the body makes it strong and helps the skin become smooth, So, one can expect good results from massage in treating skin disorders like eczema, blisters, scabies, seborrhoea and other conditions like neurasthenia, headaches, sleeplessness, gouty arthritis, polio, obesity and mental disorders. Massage increases physical stamina and mental alertness apart from sexual vitality.Oil should be applied at the joints or marma points in a circular manner, in a clockwise direction. And, on the other body parts, against the direction of the hair growth. This will direct the lymph towards the heart.Snehana help in curing skin disorders like eczema, blisters, scabies, seborrhoea and other conditions like neurasthenia, headaches, sleeplessness, gouty arthritis, polio, obesity and mental disorders are unbeleivable . Massage increases physical stamina and mental alertness apart from sexual vitality.In cold seasons, hot or warm oil should be used and in the hot seasons it is viceĀ­versa.The shape of breasts can be improved by massaging them regularly with this oil. Oil of black sesame seeds is recommended in Ayurveda to keep the hair in good condition.

Snehana is a skilled practice as one needs to look at the formation and function of the musculature. One who follows the natural contours and flows of the body ensures the most effective massage or else the effect can be negative.The oils can be used only on the advice of an Ayurvedic physician.