Shirodhara

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Shirodhara

Procedure

If necessary Abhyangam on the body & head can be done before Sirodhara. After the indicated time of Abhyangam with suitable medicated oil, the person is made to lie on his back. His eyes are covered with a strap of cotton cloth wound horizontally around his head to prevent overflow that can cause irritation of eyes during the treatment. The vessel filled with medicated oil is hung over the head in such a way that the oil falls on the forehead in a steady flow of 4 angulas [finger space] height. The vessel is kept refilled with drippings collected. This process is continued for 45 to 50 minutes every day continuously for 7 days. After that, the head is gently wiped with a dry cloth and allowed to take rest for 10 to 15 minutes followed by bath using medicated water.

Precautions

  • Without tying the band of cloth above the eyebrows the therapy should not be undertaken.
  • The medicinal liquid should not be warmer than 25-degree centigrade better if kept at room temperature.
  • The treatment should preferably be undertaken either between 7 am to 10 am or from 3.30 pm to 5 pm.
  • A rhythmic swing is required and should not be too fast or too slow in the oscillating speed.
  • Silence is to be maintained inside the treatment room.

Benefits

  • Useful in Headache
  • Useful in dandruff & hair fall
  • Useful in insomnia
  • Burning sensation of the head
  • Useful in relaxation
  • Increased in vatha & pitha

Contraindications

  • Fever
  • Common cold
  • Acute eye diseases
  • Kapha vikaras
  • Headache due to sinusitis