Shirodhara is a unique and ancient Ayurvedic treatment that involves pouring oil or other liquids in a continuous stream over the forehead. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, migraines and other psychological disorders by calming the mind and inducing a state of deep relaxation.

Shirodhara: An Ayurvedic Treatment for Stress Relief and Relaxation

It is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy that involves pouring oil or other liquids in a stream over the forehead. It is often combined with a head or body massage along with post-therapy herbal medications for efficient outcome. 

Shirodhara: How is it done?

Shirodhara is usually performed as part of a Panchakarma therapy following doctor advice, which is a comprehensive detoxification and rejuvenation program in Ayurveda.

However, it can also be done as a standalone treatment for specific conditions or for general well-being. The procedure of shirodhara is as follows:

·       Patient is asked to lie down on a massage table (Droni) with a towel around the neck. The eyes are covered with cotton pads to protect them from the oil/other herbal liquids.

·       Therapist prepares a pot or vessel with a hole at the bottom and fills it with warm oil or other liquid suitable for the patient's constitution and condition as per doctor advice. The pot is hung above the patient's head at a certain height and angle so that the oil flows in a thin stream over the forehead.

·       Oil/medicated liquid is poured continuously for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Liquids used in Shirodhara

Oils: Karpasasthyadi taila, Ksheera bala taila, Chandadi taila, Dhanvantara taila, Narayana taila.

Other liquids: Buttermilk prepared with Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Decoction of Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Milk, Coconut water.


Benefits of Shirodhara

·       Relieves stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and migraines by calming the nervous system and inducing a state of deep relaxation.

·       Improves sleep quality and quantity by regulating the circadian rhythm and melatonin production.

·       Enhances cognitive functions such as memory, concentration by stimulating the pituitary and pineal glands.

·       Balances the hormones and emotions by harmonizing the endocrine system and releasing serotonin and dopamine.

Shirodhara can also help with specific conditions such as:

With Dr. P. Alikuttys Ayurveda & Modern Hospital Kottakkal, professional help in treating the following specific conditions along with additional therapies and medications for better outcome:

·       Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

·       Psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Limitations of Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a safe and effective therapy for most people. However, it has some limitations such as:

·       It is not recommended for pregnant women.

·       It is not advised for people with severe head injuries, brain tumors, or bleeding disorders.

·       It is not suggested for people with allergies or sensitivities to the liquid used, as it may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.

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Shirodhara is a wonderful Ayurvedic therapy that can help you achieve a state of bliss and harmony. It can reduce stress, improve sleep, enhance cognition, rejuvenate skin and hair, balance hormones and emotions, and prevent diseases.


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