The warm oil used in Shirodhara is typically chosen for its specific therapeutic properties and may be infused with herbs or other ingredients. Some common oils used in Shirodhara include sesame oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. The oil is heated to a comfortable temperature and then poured over the forehead in a continuous stream using a special vessel called a dhara pot. The oil flows over the forehead and into a small trough, where it is collected and recycled back into the pot.
Shirodhara is typically performed while the person is lying on their back with their head slightly elevated. The treatment typically lasts for 30-60 minutes, during which time the person is encouraged to relax and let go of any thoughts or concerns. Some people may experience a feeling of warmth or tingling during the treatment, and it is common to feel a sense of calm and relaxation afterwards.
In Ayurveda, the forehead is believed to be a gateway to the mind and the treatment is thought to have a soothing and balancing effect on the brain and nervous system. It is believed to help with a variety of conditions, including stress, anxiety, insomnia, and certain neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Shirodhara is also sometimes used to improve hair growth and to treat certain skin conditions.
Benefits of Shirodhara :
  • Reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Improving sleep.
  • Improving neurological conditions.
  • Promoting hair growth.
  • Treating skin conditions.
  • Improving overall well-being.
In conclusion, Shirodhara is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment in which a continuous stream of warm oil is poured over the forehead. It is believed to have a calming and balancing effect on the mind and body and is commonly used to treat stress, anxiety, insomnia, and certain neurological conditions. Shirodhara is typically performed as part of a full Ayurvedic treatment plan and is generally considered to be safe and gentle, but it is important to speak with a qualified healthcare professional before trying it or any other alternative treatment.