Shirodhara (which comes from the Sanskrit words Shir or head and dhara or flow) is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves a measured and gentle pouring of liquids upon the forehead of the person for various curative purposes.
In Hindu mythology the forehead is thought to be the site of the third eye which is why this restorative therapy is concentrated upon this site.
Substances such as water, milk, buttermilk, medicated oils, and coconut water are generally used, depending upon the nature of the therapy and the problem sought to be addressed.
Shirodhara is commonly used as part of the famous Kerala therapeutic massage and may be used to address a number of ailments such as –
- Problems of the sinus
- Eye disease and other visual problems
- Allergic rhinitis
- Premature graying of hair
- Memory loss or problems with concentration
- Sleep related problems
- Neurological problems
- Problems relating to hearing such as loss of hearing and tinnitus
- Vertigo and other balance related problems
- Certain skin diseases such as psoriasis
- Meneire’s Disease
In addition, Shirodhara is used in spas and as part of Ayurvedic massage therapies to aid and assist in relaxation. This is the non medicinal use of Shirodhara which helps to enliven and rejuvenate the person.