Dhum paan is one of the practices of Dinacharya which consists of the inhalation of medicated smoke through the mouth and/or nose and releasing it only through the mouth. Smoke should never be exhaled by nostril as a protocol of Ayurvedic Dhumpaan as it is detrimental to the eyes’ health and sense of smell.

Commonly used herbs for dhumpaan are sandalwood, cinnamon, cardamom, vetiver, licorice, turmeric, nigella, etc.

Simple method of doing dhumpaan at home:

Take a square piece of cotton cloth. Apply cow ghee and spread all over it. Sprinkle 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder and spread. Roll the cloth in the form of a cigar and tie the threads at regular intervals to hold it. Light fire at one end and let it burn for a minute or so till embers form. Then put out the fire. Hold the cigar near the nose at a safe distance, letting the smoke reach the nostrils. Close one nostril, inhale the smoke slowly and gently from the other and exhale from the mouth. Repeat 3-5 times for each nostril. Mild irritation is expected with sneezing and watery eyes, which will subside in 5 minutes. For infections like corona and other severe respiratory issues, little licorice powder can also be sprinkled on the cotton along with turmeric powder.


  • Kapha and Vata dosha disorders
  • To build immunity against any viral or bacterial infections especially affecting the respiratory system
  • Heaviness of head
  • Migraine/headache
  • Hair fall
  • Premature greying
  • Lockjaw
  • Congestion, stiffness, or feeling of blockage in the throat
  • Weakness and pain in teeth
  • Discharge from ear, nose or mouth
  • Hoarseness of voice, or any condition affecting voice


  • Aggravated Pitta
  • Any bleeding
  • After consuming liquor or milk or fatty substances or honey or curd
  • Head injury

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