Ayurvedic treatments have become very popular these days. Although this ancient practice originated in India, it has helped numerous people all over the world and therefore it is now known as one of alternative healing methods. Ayurveda has been found to be very efficient against different problems associated with stress, cleansing the body and promoting good health.
Shirodhara is one of the treatments used in Ayurveda. Its name derives from Sanskrit words Shiro, which means the head and dhara, meaning the flow. You may also hear someone referring to this treatment as the Third Eye treatment, since according to the Hindu tradition and religion, the third eye is located on the forehead, between the eyebrows.
About Shirodhara Treatment
Treatment usually begins with body scrub and then the Shirodhara. During this treatment, flowing liquids from metal pot are poured onto patient’s forehead. This pot is usually hung above and the treated person is lying down on the massage table, slightly warmed. Sometimes, there might be some soft music in the background for the atmosphere. Another pot is collecting the liquid pouring down the body. Collected liquid is commonly used to massage the body. Treatment ends wrapping the person into moist towels to contain the warmth.
Steady stream of liquid, poured onto patient’s forehead helps the person relax and feel good.
Shirodhara treatment may be performed with different liquids, such as: buttermilk, medicated milk, coconut water, plain water or some herbal oils. The type of liquid used for Shirodhara depends on required treatment.
All Benefits of Shirodhara
As mentioned, Shirodhara is beneficial for relaxation of the body and mind. Ayurveda practitioners also believe that this treatment can purify both body and soul, removing toxins accumulated in the body and all other elements which may harm us. Besides relaxation, Shirodhara treatment may also leave a person ready to face life with some renewed positivity.
Liquids and oils in this treatment usually flow from the head and all over the body. This process is believed to generate energy through the body, improve flow of nutrients to the brain and promote healing of treated person. Shirodhara may help people dealing with insomnia and various headaches, as well as hair loss, if performed regularly. Additionally, this treatment may benefit anyone who needs some increased concentration or just wants to find the way to cool down the body.
This Ayurvedic treatment may also stabilize human nervous system and some people claim that Shirodhara helped them to improve the function of all their senses.