Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda therapy which involves pouring of lukewarm medicated liquid (Taila, Takra, Ksheera, Kwatha) slowly & steadily over the forehead with constant motion & then allowed to flow over the scalp for a certain period of time.
It is included under one of the varieties of Murdhatailam.
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Shirodhara, a major treatment modality of Keraliya Panchkarma, helps nourish the nervous and blood circulatory system in body.
It is used widely in management of various psycho- somatic disorders due to its effect in balancing hormonal secretions from various endocrine & exocrine glands.
It is used successfully in treating diseases like IBS, Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Premenopausal syndrome, Anxiety, Depression etc.
The patient is massaged on the head with suitable oil, if required full body massage can also be performed.
Patient has to lie in supine position on the Droni (Table) with pillow under the neck and Shirodhara device is placed over the forehead.
Its height is fixed in such a way that lukewarm oil/liquid should fall from the distance of 8-10cm in a continuous stream of the thickness of a little finger over the forehead.
The oil poured is recollected & reheated & again poured into Dharapatram.
It may be done for 7, 14, 21 days as per the severity of the disease.
- Mastishkagata Vatayadhi – Cerebro-vascular disorder.
- Shaishaveeya Vatavyadhi – Cerebral palsy.
- Ardita – Facial palsy.
- Anidra – Insomnia.
- Manyastambha – Cervical spondylitis.
- Unmada – Anxiety neurosis.
- Prameha – Diabetes mellitus.
- Uccha Raktachapa – Hypertension.
- Khalitya – Hairfall
- Palitya – Greying hair
- Streeroga – Gynaecological disorders.
Dhatunam Dridhata – Strengthens the brain and body tissues
Agnivriddhi – Increases digestive power
Varnaprasadana – Enhances skin complexion & Texture
Indriyasya Patavam – Nourishes all sense faculties and improve their work efficiency
Jaramandya- Retards early ageing process
Cheerajeevitam – Provide longevity
Keshaprasadana – Nourishes hair & scalp
Nidra – Provide sound sleep