Shirodhara is a great pacification and rejuvenating therapy to instantly calm the nerves and purify mind.Shirodhara term is derived from the sanskrit words: shiro that means head, and dhara, that means flow of liquid.So Shirodhara is a procedure which involves warm and constant flow of medicated liquid on forehead .
The warm, medicated liquid used in shirodhara saturates the forehead and scalp.It gives a deep state of rest to the body, mind and nervous system.
Objectives of Shirodhara
- Harmonize vitiated vata and pitta dosha
- Bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health
- Calm the nerves and nervous system
- Pursuit higher states of consciousness & spiritual awareness
Shirodhara is a part of the ayurvedic panchkarma therapy.Ayurvedic physician evaluates the patient’s prakruti and vikruti before prescribing the medicated oil for Shirodhara.On the day of procedure, patient lies on a specially designed shirodhara table. Lukewarm medicated oil/liquid (as prescribed by physician) is poured as a continuous stream from a wide mouthed vessel with a small hole at the bottom and loose cotton threads with free end of about 4 inches coming out through this hole.The flow of liquid permit to pass through this to the forehead of the patient.The vessel is hung almost two inches above the head of the patient.The oil is allowed to flow over the scalp and through the hair to create a blissful sensation.Patient’s eyes are protected with cotton pads.The flow is maintained for 45-60 minutes depending upon patient requirement.
Based on the use of medicated liquid, shirodhara can be of following specialized forms
- Jala dhara
Benefits of Shirodhara
- Nourishes and rejuvenates the body
- Increases mental focus and concentration
- Improves the sensitivity of five senses
- Releases negative emotions and thought patterns
- Improves sleep patterns
- Nourishes hair, scalp and skin
- Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines
- Prevents premature greying and increases lustre of hair
- Reduces and relieves migraine headaches
- Relieves stress, anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability, nervousness, fear, excessive thinking and insomnia
- Treats several head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat diseases
Beneficial for many diseases of the nervous system like nerve disorders, facial palsy, paralysis and ptosis of the eyelids etc.