Shirodhara Therapy, Treatment and Benefits
Gujarat’s largest Naturopathy Center, NIMBA Nature Cure Village brings this classical Kerala therapy at your doorstep. The word “Shirodhara” is a combination of two words “Shiro” means head and “Dhara” means flowing fluid. This world renowned Kerala Panchakarma therapy is best for soothing the nerves and nourishment of the brain.
In Shirodhara Therapy, A continuous stream of warm medicate oil is poured in a rhythmic manner on forehead (the location of the “third eye”) for about 45-60 minutes. Experienced Panchakarma therapists from Kerala provide you this Shirodhara treatment is in a classical way. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a soul deep calmness, similar to a state of meditation.
At NIMBA we provide specialized forms of Shirodhara Therapy called “TAILADHARA” (medicated oils), “KSHEERADHARA” (medicated milk), “TAKRADHARA” (medicated milk) and “JALADHARA” (medicated water).
Mechanism of action
The forehead or ‘Ajna Chakra’ or ‘Third Eye’, has a highly concentrated nerve supply. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp and further penetrates into the nervous system, creating a tranquil state of mind and induce natural sleep.
Procedure for Shirodhara Therapy
After consulting with our physician the prescribe oil is selected. The client is advised to lie flat on a special wooden table with his neck and head comfortably placed. A stream of warm medicate oil is poured in a continuous, slow and steady stream from a special vessel onto the center of the forehead followed by gentle scalp massage.
Different liquid mediums are used in Dhara according to individual health problems. Medicated oils, milk, buttermilk, tender coconut water and decoctions of herb extracts are some of the fluids used. There are no specific restrictions after Shirodhara except that one must not bathe after the treatment.
Benefits of Shirodhara Therapy
This Shirodhara treatment deeply relaxes and revitalizes the central nervous system. Activates the pituitary and pineal glands, as well as the hypothalamus, which organize and regulate all hormones in the body. It helps to enhance the functioning of the brain by reducing stress while the memory and quality of sleep is improved.
Shirodhara therapy is useful in a wide range of psychic, psychosomatic and chronic degenerative conditions. It is one of the most preferred Shirodhara treatments in psychological disorders, stress, anxiety, obsessive behavior, depression and headaches of various origins. Few of the common conditions are listed below: