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Shirovasthi is the procedure wherein the medicated oil is retained on the head for a prescribed period by a special arrangement. It is highly indicated in vata and pitta aggravated conditions.


  • Headaches of vathika in nature 
  • Degenerative brain disorders (masthishka Apachayam) 
  • Motor neuron disease, Cerebral palsy 
  • Cerebral lesions, Epilepsy insanity (apasmaram & unmadam) 
  • Mental diseases, Vataja Karna Rogam 

Contra Indications

  • Common cold, Fever 
  • Masthishka avarana shopham 
  • Nethra rogam 
  • Kapha, Pithaja Karnarogam 
  • Bathing, Full stomach, hyperacidity 
  • Urdhwa gatha Raktha Pitha 


Shiro Basti is very beneficial in all ailments related to the head region and favourable for sense organs as discussed below

  • Brain: Improves memory and mental abilities, helpful in cranial nerve disorders, stress and neurological disorders.
  • Head: Scalp dryness, hair loss, headache, burning sensation of scalp and other diseases of skull.
  • Face: Facial paralysis, leave a remarkable lustre and glow on face.
  • Skin: Shiro basti makes skin soft and shiny.
  • Others: Insomnia, sleeplessness, skin disorders such as eczema & psoriasis.