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Dhoomapana is the Therapeutic Inhalation of Medicated Smoke in Ayurveda.


In Ayurvedic Treatment, various therapies are employed to promote wellness and treat diseases. One such procedure is Dhoomapana, the inhalation of medicated smoke. Let’s explore the benefits, indications, and method of preparation for Dhoomapana.

Understanding Dhoomapana:

Dhoomapana is an ancient Ayurvedic practice where medicated smoke is inhaled. It is considered an integral part of dinacharya (daily routine) and is often performed after Nasya (nasal administration of medicated substances) and Kavala (gargling).

Benefits and Indications:

  • Prevention of Upper Body Diseases: Dhoomapana is believed to prevent the development of diseases affecting organs located above the shoulders, particularly those caused by imbalances of Vata and Kapha doshas.
  • Head and Throat Conditions: It can help relieve symptoms like heaviness of the head, throat irritation, headaches, cough, and rhinitis.
  • Respiratory Disorders: Dhoomapana can be beneficial for managing conditions such as nasal congestion, dyspnea, and voice disorders.
  • Hygiene and Odor: It helps in combating bad smells from the nose and mouth, promoting oral and nasal hygiene.
  • Post-Nasya and Head Bath: Dhoomapana is recommended after Nasya administration and head baths to enhance the effects of these therapies.

Method of Preparation:

To prepare Dhoomapana, the following ingredients are typically used along with their therapeutic properties:

  • Haridra (Turmeric): Known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, turmeric helps in reducing inflammation and fighting infections.
  • Triphala: A blend of three fruits – Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki, Triphala supports digestion, detoxification, and overall gut health.
  • Shunti Churna (Ginger Powder): Ginger is a warming herb that aids digestion, relieves respiratory congestion, and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Saindhava Lavana (Rock Salt): Rock salt is rich in minerals and helps in balancing electrolytes, promoting proper hydration, and improving digestion.
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter): Ghee is considered a healthy fat in Ayurveda, and it enhances the absorption of medicinal properties of herbs, nourishes tissues, and supports overall well-being.
  • Gauze or Cora cloth
  • Thread


The preparation of Dhoomapana involves the following steps:

  • Take a piece of cora cloth, preferably organic and unbleached, and cut it into a small square or rectangle.
  • Apply a thin layer of ghee on the cora cloth, ensuring that it covers the entire surface evenly.
  • Sprinkle the required amount of each herb powder (Haridra, Triphala, Shunti Churna, and Saindhava Lavana) on the ghee-applied cora cloth.
  • Gently fold the cloth to enclose the herbs and form a compact bundle.
  • Secure the bundle by tying it with a clean thread, ensuring that it is tightly secured to prevent any herbs from escaping.
  • Your Dhoomapana wick is now ready to be used for herbal smoking.

Method of Herbal Smoking:

Follow these steps to perform Dhoomapana:

  • Find a quiet and well-ventilated space where you can comfortably sit and perform the procedure.
  • Light the tip of the Dhoomapana wick using a matchstick or a lighter until it catches fire.
  • Blow gently on the ignited end of the wick to create smoke.
  • Close one nostril using your finger or thumb while keeping your mouth slightly open.
  • Inhale the herbal smoke through the open nostril, drawing it deep into your respiratory system. Hold the breath for a few seconds.
  • Exhale slowly through the mouth, releasing any toxins or impurities from your body.
  • Repeat the inhalation-exhalation process three times on each nostril, alternating between them.
  • After completing the procedure, sit calmly for a few moments to observe the effects and allow the medicinal properties to take effect.


Dhoomapana, the inhalation of medicated smoke, offers numerous benefits for respiratory health, hygiene, and prevention of upper body diseases. It is a time-tested Ayurvedic therapy that can be incorporated into daily routines to enhance overall well-being. However, it is advisable to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner before initiating Dhoomapana or any other Ayurvedic practice to ensure suitability and proper guidance.