Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment which involves slowly pouring herbal liquids over a client’s forehead, exactly to the middle spot of the forehead. Shirodhara is composed of two words, which have their base in the Sanskrit language. The word Shiro means head and the word dhara means flow. It is one of the great purification and rejuvenating therapy also.
In this procedure, Herbal liquids poured on the forehead with the help of the metallic or mud pot from a specific height hung above the person who is lying down. It is poured for a specific period continuously and rythmatically allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair. The liquids that are used in Shirodhara can include herbal oils; milk that is medicated, buttermilk, and coconut water. There are specialized forms of shirodhara called tailadhara, ksheeradhara, takradhara and jaladhara. It is good for all ailments particularly for diseases of organs above the neck.
Towards the end of the Shirodhara session, moist towels are used to wrap the person’s body. This is done to keep the warmth within the body. It is administered for about 35 to 60 minutes in a day, for a period of 7 to 14 days.
Regular Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, Sharpens the sense organs, Prevents hair lose, premature graying and cracking of hair, gives strength to the neck and head, assists in providing sound sleep and calms the body and mind. It is one of the most effective treatments for reducing stress and nervous tension.
- Vata disorders
- Hair Loss
- Various mental disturbances
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