What Is Shirodhara?

Shiro means head and Dharameans flow. During this therapy, a liquid is poured over the forehead of the client for a certain period of time which helps in restoring health and providing deep relaxation. In this procedure, the client first lies down on the table and oleation (Abhyanga) is performed. Afterwards, herbal or non-herbal liquid such as plain sesame oil (Tailadhara), herbal milk (Ksheeradhara), herbal buttermilk (Takradhara) or water, especially coconut water (Jaladhara), depending upon the situation is poured slowly and steadily over the forehead from a specific distance, for a specific period of time and in a specific manner. This process is continued for 20 to 45 minutes with an increase of 5 minutes every day. It may be done for 7, 14 or 21 days in succession.

Regular Shirodhara may alleviate dandruff, hair loss, headache (due to Vata dosha), mental stress, insomnia, depression, motor neuron diseases, and several kinds of mental disorders including schizophrenia. It is indicated for boils, pricking pain and burning sensation on the head.

Due to the warming effect of the oil used in this procedure, there is local vasodilatation, and proper blood circulation which helps in regularizing the blood supply of the brain. Shirodhara has a sedative effect on the hyperactive limbic system, caused by stress. As the client concentrates on a particular place, the thought process decreases, and the entire psycho-physiology relaxes.

Shirodhara - Kerala Ayurveda Therapy in Vadodara

During Shirodhara, the flow of liquid on the space between the eyebrows (Agna Chakra) is the seat of the pituitary and pineal gland. It regulates stimulation of these glands and helps in hormonal balance. It also normalizes elevated cortisone and adrenaline levels, synchronizes brain waves (alpha waves), strengthens the mind and its effect is continued even after relaxation.

Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy evolved and practiced in Kerala Ayurvedic system. Warm oil (or other liquid) pours in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘ajna marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp and penetrates into the nervous system. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation. Shirodhara is traditionally done as part of the Panchakarma cleansing process using specially prepared shirodhara oil. It is also safe and effective as a stand-alone therapy.


  • Strengthens central nervous system (CNS)
  • Strengthens sensory organs
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Decreases hypertension
  • Offers sound sleep


  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Hair loss
  • Dandruff
  • Premature Greying
  • Dementia
  • Memory Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hemiplegia
  • Paralysis


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