Shirovasti is a part of Ayurvedic panchkarma treatment in which medicated oil is retained on head for some time to relieve various vata disorders and stimulate brain points. Shiro in Sanskrit means head and vasti means to retain something, hence the name shirovasti is given to the procedure.

Indications for Shirovasti:

  1. Vata, pitta, kapha diseases
  2. Brain disorders
  3. Eye diseases like cataract
  4. Ear disorders like deafness, earache etc.
  5. Sinusitis
  6. Cervical spondylosis
  7. Numbness
  8. Facial paralysis
  9. Bell’s palsy
  10. Dryness of nose and mouth
  11. Insomnia


An Ayurvedic physician carefully evaluates the patient’s prakruti, vikruti and dosha imbalance to prescribe medicated oil or ghee for Shirovasti.

After performing panchkarma purification and massage, the patient is made to sit in a straight position on a chair. A leather cap about 6 to 8 inches long is tied to the shaven head with the help of a band. This is followed by application of kneaded dough to prevent any kind of leakage. Now, lukewarm ayurvedic oil prescribed by physician is poured into the leather sleeve. The oil is kept there till the mouth and nose of the patient starts filling with water. After this, the oil and sleeve is removed from the head and the patient is provided with a gentle massage of shoulder, neck, back and forehead. The entire process takes almost 30-40 minutes.

Benefits of Shirovasti

  1. Stimulates specific points of the head
  2. Effective treatment of brain disorders
  3. Improves complexion
  4. Beneficial for hair growth
  5. Increases health of hair roots for strong, soft and shining hair
  6. Softens facial wrinkles