It is one of the step as a part of panchkarma procedure. It is a from of Ayurvedic therapy in which medicated oil or medicated liquids are poured over forhead in a techniquely way . It is a sanskrit word
It works by relaxing hypothalmus in the brain and enhances natural release of serotonin, dopamine and melatonin .
It gives relaxation to head and calms mind and gives a cooling effect to mind.
It strengthens cerebral and nervous system.
It balances vata dosha .
It helps in improving sensitivity of five senses.
It relieves and reduces migrane , anxiety , fear, restlessness, stress and sleep disorders.
It improves mental health and concentration.
It is beneficial for hairs also.
It gives a refreshing effect to body.
Its duration is approx 40 min.
Herbal seasame oil , coconut oil , milk or buttermilk. And other ayurvedic oils are used for shirodhara.
Shiorodhara should always be done under proper guidance and by expert ayurvedic therapist.
It is also beneficial in post- trauma stress disorders (PTSD), shift works disorders (SWSD),jetlag, hypertension and various brain disorders.