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GODHUMADI UPANAHA SWEDA – A CONCEPTUAL STUDY

Rutuja S. Nagawade* and Anita A. Patil

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Snehana and swedana are the two karmas said in Vata dosha Upakrama. Swedana is the therapy which removes the stiffness, heaviness, coldness of the body by producing perspiration. Although, this process is mainly counted under purvakarma, but the same can be successfully employed as Pradhana karma in treating many disorders, specially pertaining to Vata. Upanaha is a type of Sweda performed using Amla, Snigdha, Gandha pradhana Vatahara Dravyas in the form of Poultice which is beneficial in Vata vyadhi. Upanaha therapy is less explored therapy in Ayurveda. Acharya Charaka has explained Godhumadi Upanaha in Charak Samhita.Godhuma shakala (choorna), Yava choorna, amla(sour) dravya, Sneha, Lavana and Kinwa are contents of Godhumadi Upanaha. In this paper, detailed procedure of Godhumadi upanaha sweda and its mode of action has been explained.

Keywords: Upanaha, Godhumadi upanaha.


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