How Can Shirodhara Help In Stress Management?


How Can Shirodhara Help In Stress Management?

By: - September 8, 2020

In these difficult times of the global pandemic, our lives have changed drastically. The amount of stress has increased at a faster rate now as compared to the earlier times. The mental health of people has also been affected due to this. People who are unaffected by the virus and the people who have recovered, both are facing a lot of mental tensions. Various studies also showed that people who have recovered face a lot of trauma and stress for the initial months of recovery. Hence, it has become extremely important for everyone to take out time from their schedules for relaxation.

The Shirodhara treatment helps in calming down the mind and the nervous system. It eases mental and emotional stress and enables clarity by letting one experience ultimate bliss. The Shirodhara treatment is one of the steps of the Panchkarma, a classical Ayurveda therapy. The name is derived from the Sanskrit language, where, ‘Shiro’ means head and ‘dhara’ means flow.

Shirodhara therapy has been proven to be very helpful for the treatment of migraines as well. The process includes pouring lukewarm liquid- which is usually oil, milk, buttermilk or water, onto the forehead in a steady stream for giving rise to a calm and relaxed state of awareness. The Shirodhara therapy is also often combined with a scalp and head massage, which helps upto a great extent in calming down the nerves resulting in relaxation for the migraine sufferers.

Various practitioners perform the Shirodhara treatment as an ayurvedic approach to stress relief. In a country like India, Ayurveda has been a trusted source of treatment for over a thousand years. Shirodhara has a list of benefits such as:

  • stress management
  • improving sleep quality
  • managing insomnia
  • solving anxiety issues

Apart from such ayurvedic treatments, Nimba also provides naturopathy treatments. Naturopathy is a combination of traditional and herbal remedies along with developing healthy habits. Here, the focus is on nature, and finding cures and treatments from it for the well being. Nimba aims to improve your lifestyle by including preventive changes in it.

We believe in addressing the root of any disorder for reaching the highest levels of physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. For this, we provide you with a retreat for such therapies and treatments along with experienced staff and practitioners. Lastly, Nimba Nature Cure is a holistic centre that helps in rejuvenating your life by practicing the art and science of natural healing.

Shirodhara Treatment, Therapy, Procedures & Benefits | Nimba

Shirodhara Treatment, Therapy, Procedures & Benefits | Nimba

By: - September 7, 2016

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. It is an Ayurvedic treatment. This world renowned Kerala Panchakarma therapy is best for soothing the nerves and nourishment of the brain.

In Shirodhara Treatment, 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 Treatment 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 Shirodhara 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 Treatment

After consulting with our physician the prescribe Shirodhara 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 Shirodhara massage.

Different liquid mediums are used in Dhara according to individual health problems. Medicated Shirodhara oils, milk, buttermilk, tender coconut water and decoction 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 Treatment

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 Treatment 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: