Shirodhara – Pouring of oil on forehead, as well as Takradhara which uses herbal buttermilk
Shirodhara is derived from two words in Sanskrit: Shiro, meaning head, and dhara, meaning to flow. It consists of continuous pouring on the forehead. This therapy is popular and widely-known in inducing deeper states of relaxation to the individual. The body, while in a relaxed state, is quickly able to rejuvenate itself.
It is also known as the third eye treatment of lord Shiva, a herbal oil, medicated milk or herbal decoction is poured in gently and steadily over the forehead in a continuous stream using a special rhythmic swaying movement or in an oscillatory movement which gives you deep mental relaxation. Shirodhara is a purifying and rejuvenating therapy designed to eliminate toxins and mental exhaustion as well as relieve stress and any ill effects on the central nervous system. Shirodhara is traditionally used for a wide array of wellness concerns such as (but not limited to) insomnia, all kinds of headaches and migranes, adrenal fatigue, metabolic dysfunction, and burnout.
This is a subtype of Murdha taila which means keeping or retaining the medicated oil on the head region. The types of Murdha taila other than Shirodhara are Shiro Abhyanga (Massage), Pichu (placing of soaked linen) and Shiro Basti (retention of oil on head region). Various herbal oils are used according to various clinical conditions.
Shirodhara is a unique form of ancient therapy of pouring oil on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously and uniformly in a rhythm allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair.
Person is made lie in supine position on dhara table. Eyes and ears are covered with cotton in order to protect it from the overflow of the decoction or oil. Slowly the dhara pot is oscillated and the oil is made to flow on the head in a rhythmic manner which invigorate your mind and body leading to a deep tranquil effect. The procedure is done for atleast 45 min.
This results in a fantastic sense of deep relaxation and inner peace. It works on the cerebral system, helps in relaxing the nervous system and balancing the Prana Vayu around the head. It improves the function of five senses, helps in insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, hair loss, fatigue, imbalance of Vata and makes one calm and fresh.
- Vata-related disorders
- Neurological disorders