Vashapa Swedana – Fomentation

Vashapa Swedana - Fomentation

Swedana is a steam treatment explained in Ayurvedic medical science. The word Sweda is derived from Sanskrit swid, meaning ‘to sweat or to perspire’. So swedana is the process of inducing sweat with the help of steam, generated from medicated herbal decoctions.

It is the pre-operative procedure in various Ayurvedic detox therapies where the objective is to dilate the channels of the body to detach the toxins from the tissues. Ayurvedic fomentation is usually given after an oil massage.

Practitioners of various health care across the world recommend many kinds of non-medicated water steam for various reasons which proves to be effective, whereas the steam from the medicated water from various Ayurvedic herbs has its own several benefits which dislodge the toxins from the body.

Vashpa sweda (Ayurveda steam) helps to mobilize the accumulated Ama (body wastes-toxins) from different body channels and eliminates it out of the body through sweat.


The vashpa sweda, one of the pre-operative procedure of Panchakama therapy is mainly aimed at removing the toxins from the body. Steam bath is supported by the different steam boxes, where a person can take a sitting or lying down posture. Fully medicated steam is passed to the chamber so that the person gets his body below the neck completely bathed in medicated steam in addition to removing toxic wastes.

Treatment is continued till the forehead and abdomen sweat very well. After the completion of procedure person has to take shower with hot water. Food which is warm, unctuous and light is given after one hour of sudation.


It is always good to choose special herbal oil recommended by Ayurvedic Doctors or as per your Dosha.

  • Sesame oil is very good Vata balancing
  • Coconut oil in Pitta Dosha imbalance 
  • Mustard to restore Kapha Dosha.

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In Ayurveda, Abhyanga is considered an integral part of the Dinacharya/ Daily routine. The benefits are priceless as the body feels the experience of being loved.

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