The Sanskrit word laghoo means 'short', "condensed' or 'concise'. The word shankha means 'conch' or 'shell' andprakshalana means to wash' or 'to clean thoroughly'. The word shankha is intended to represent and describe the intestine, with its cavernous and coiled shape. Therefore, the combined term shankha-prakshalana means to completely wash the intestines. This is, in fact, the name of a more comprehensive technique2.
The method we will describe here is the shortened form - laghoo shankhaprakshalana - which can be done very quickly and with little preparation. Furthermore, the two practices have slightly different purposes: shankha-prakshalana is intended to completely empty and clean the whole digestive system, whereas laghoo shankhaprakshalana is intended only to encourage normal functioning of the intestines.
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