Shiropichu – Oil Pack Therapy
Shiropichu is a word comprising of 2 terms, Shiro meaning head, Pichu meaning a swab or sterile cotton pad or a sterile cloth dipped in medicated herbal oils. Pichu is one of the treatments in Ayurveda used for neuropathic conditions involving the head region and dis- orders of spine. In this treatment procedure at thick cotton pad or sterile cloth dipped in ample amounts of lukewarm medicated oils or ghrita is applied on the top of the head (anterior fontanelle) for a specific time interval. The swab is replaced periodically to maintain the warm temperature. It is used in different cases but when used in the head region, it is termed as Shiropichu.
The Pichu soaked with oil is squeezed to remove excess oil. The Pichu is now kept on the crown of the head. The pad is now wrapped with another thin pad. Tying the bandage cloth – Now the sterile bandage cloth is tied around the Pichu in such a way that the bandage cloth takes 3-4 windings starting from the crown of the head and going behind the left ear, down the chin and upwards and behind the right ear and over the crown once again. The free ends of the bandage cloth are tied and knotted behind the right ear. Any excess oil dripping around the head should be wiped off using sterile clothes or sterile cotton pads.
Absorption of substances through the skin depends on a number of factors, the most important of which are concentration, duration of contact, solubility of medication, and physical condition of the skin and part of the body exposed. In Shiropichu oil form is used which has good dense concentration with longer duration of contact. Also the skin over the scalp is thin as compared to other parts of the body and absorption is faster and more from the scalp. local application like ointment passes through the stratum corneum into the blood vessel and reaches the appropriate organ. Similarly, the oil on forehead can be absorbed and easily reaches the brain cortex. Shiropichu improves the circulation there by correcting the brain circulation which is very important in stress & headache.
- Burning sensation in the scalp
- Hair fall, split hair and premature greying of hair
- Headache and migraine
- Sleep disorders
- Improves memory
- Stiffness in neck
- Eye strain
- Stress & Burnout
- Neurological disorders like paralysis and facial palsy