Panchakarma Ayurvedic Treatment- Shirodhara Therapy
About Shirodhara Ayurvedic Treatment
Modern lifestyle is causing deterioration of health in many ways. However, the use of simple and natural methods can significantly improve health and vitality. Purification therapy is a unique feature of Ayurveda involving the complete cleansing of body and thereby eliminating vitiated doshas. Panchakarma is a widely used purification therapy in Ayurveda, which helps in the detoxification of the whole body. The technique effectively treats imbalance in the doshas in their advanced stages. Shirodhara is one of the best panchakarma treatment for stress, anxiety and other mental disorders, giving complete relaxing and rejuvenating effect. Shirodhara is also very effective in nervous disorders,
Shirodhara is an ayurvedic technique of pouring liquids or oils over the forehead with the help of Shirodhara equipment. Initially the patient is made to rest on a Panchakarma massage table called 'Droni'. Then medicated oil is slowly and steadily made to drip on the center of the forehead of the patient.
Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, milk, etc. are also used depending on the individual need of the patient. The etymology of Shirodhara is from Shira= 'head' and dhara= 'a steady flow'. This procedure induces a relaxed state of awareness, which results in a dynamic psycho-somatic balance. A total feeling of wellness, mental clarity, and comprehension is experienced in this process.
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice performed in India for over 5000 years. This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a patient's forehead for an extended period of time.
The typical duration of Shirodhara is 45-60 minutes.
Some of the specialized forms for Shirodhara are:
- Tailadhara: In this procedure, medicated oil called 'Tailam' is poured over the forehead.
- Ksheeradhara: In ksheeradhara, instead of medical oil, medicated milk is used for the procedure
- Takradhara: The procedure is same as shirodhara, but instead of medicated oil, medicated butter milk is poured over the forehead.
- Jaladhara: In this procedure, instead of medicated oil, coconut water or medicated water is used.
Effects of Shirodhara
Shirodhara works primarily on the mental health or ‘manovaha kosha’ as it is referred to in Ayurveda. Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves. release stored emotions, and purify the mind.
In Ayurveda, it is considered as an important therapy in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help the fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, several mental disorders, headache, migraine, etc.
The foremost sign of mental/ psychiatric disorders are feeling of sadness and loss of interests, loss of concentration, physical and mental lethargy, sleep disturbances, etc.
Shirodhara is best used in diseases of head and mental illness such as:
- Mental retardation
- Stress, anxiety, depression
- All nervous system disorders
- Scalp psoriasis
- Skin diseases
Shirodhara is an external therapy and hence there are no side-effects. Continuous pouring of oil on head, over a period of time brings about practical results in all mental and psychic disorders.
Benefits of Shirodhara
Regular shirodhara enhances blood circulation of the brain, improves memory, nourishes hair and scalp, calms the body and mind and assists in providing sound sleep. Shirodhara is one of the most effective treatments for reducing stress and nervous tension. It is the ultimate mental and emotional relaxation therapy. Shirodhara is beneficial for many diseases of the nervous system like nerve disorders, facial palsy, paralysis, ptosis of the eyelids. Beneficial for curing long standing insomnia and schizophrenia. Also beneficial for epilepsy when used in conjunction with other medicines, prevents hair loss, premature praying and splitting of hair.
- Relieves headache and burning sensation of the head
- Nourishes and rejuvenates the body
- Improves the quality of sleep
- Improves digestion
- Sharpens the sense organs
- Gives strength to the neck and head
- Improves the health of the skin
- Improves concentration, memory and confidence
With successive Shirodhara, patients are able to make lifestyle changes easily due to decreased stress. All your mental demons: fear, anxiety, anger or irritability calms down.
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