This word literally means oral intake of medicated oils or ghee preparations. This is done as a therapeutic procedure and also as a preparatory process during the body purification therapy. In this treatment medicated ghee or oils are given internally in proportionally increasing quantity for a period of 5 - 7 days. This treatment is very effective for digestive disorders like ulcers and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, certain skin diseases like psoriasis, rashes, boils, osteo arthritis, haemorrhoids etc. Moderate and superior doses of snehapanam are found to be effective for urinary disorders, diabetes mellitus, gout and epilepsy.
Medicated ghee, eaten in empty stomach, for its first hand therapeutic value, is called snehapanam. The treatment involves the removal of hard-core toxins and wastes from the body. Snehapanam is one of the excellent preparatory methods before Panchakarma.