Shirodhara [Shiro-->Head | Dhara--> Flow)

Shirodhara is an ancient therapy of Ayurveda. This is one of the most important Karma in Panchakarma. It involves gently pouring liquids (oil, milk, ayurvedic treated water) over the forehead depending on what is being treated.


There are specialized forms of Shirodhara called Ksheerdhara (Milk), Thakradhara (Butter Milk), Taildhara (oil), and plain water Dhara. Shirodhara is thought to work by relaxing the hypothalamus in the brain. It also helps to normalize the functions of hormones that regulate sleep and emotions.


Shirodhara has been used to treat a variety of conditions including depression, chronic headaches, mental conditions like anxiety, stress, hypertension, eye diseases, sinusitis, graying of hair, memory loss, vertigo, and certain type of skin diseases like psoriasis.


Dr. Surekha Kadam (Ayu)