Shirodhara: Ayurvedic forehead oil casting

Shirodhara: The Ayurvedic forehead oil casting

Shirodhara is an integral part of the Ayurvedic tradition Anyone who has already benefited from such an application knows how relaxing and invigorating it can be at the same time.

How does Shirodhara work?

The term Shirodhara is derived from the Sanskrit words “Shiro” (the head) and “Dhara” (the river). Together, they describe a constant “flow upside down”. A continuous stream of warmed herbal oil, herbal buttermilk or water previously boiled with herbs flows to the forehead. According to the Ayurvedic view, this process calms the entire vegetative nervous system, has a harmonising and balancing effect.

Understanding Shirodhara: background knowledge from the Ayurvedic tradition

The body is like an “upturned tree”:

Its origin is the application of the frontal casting in the ayurvedic’s basic idea that the body can be regarded as an inverted tree: the root represents the human head, the thorax and the abdominal region symbolise the trunk and the arms and legs stand for the branches. Just as the root of a tree controls its development, so does our head control our entire organism with the brain and its connection to the spinal cord. Hearing, smelling, tasting and seeing is just a small selection of its tasks.

The head has numerous energy points (Marma points)

According to Ayurvedic knowledge, the head as the root of the body has numerous “Marma points”. These points represent energy centres. Each Marma point is attributed to unique properties, and the connection of all Marma points in the body creates a complex energy network that runs through the entire organism.

All three dosha are also found in the brain

In the brain is also one of the most important glands of our body – the pituitary gland. According to Ayurvedic knowledge, the head is a very vital place, which is also the place of the subspecies of the doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A disturbance of the doshas in the head area naturally also leads to a disturbance of the balance of the doshas in the entire body.

Ayurvedic therapy with Shirodhara

Basically, ayurvedic forehead oil casting can be used at any time to increase the general well-being.

However, there are certain medical conditions where treatment is especially recommended.

Shirodhara can bring relief in:

  • Headache (headache, migraine, tension headache, headache originating at the temples)
  • Burning in the head
  • The consequences of head injuries
  • Impaired Vata dosha
  • Dryness in the head area
  • Head itching
  • Brittle lips
  • Certain ear and eye diseases
  • Stress-dependent skin disorders

Shirodhara can also:

  • Promote the growth of healthy and long hair
  • Reduce premature greying of the hair
  • Strengthen the vitality
  • Stimulate the metabolism

Contraindications: In which cases should Shirodhara not be used?

There are also a few cases where forehead oil pouring should not be used.

This applies to:

  • Aversion to oils
  • Women who are in the last third of the pregnancy. Prolonged lying on the back can be a burden on the body in this phase.
  • Throughout the menstrual cycle.
  • Brain tumours, recent neck injuries, abrasions or cuts in the head region, fever and colds, acute illness, nausea, vomiting, severe weakness, fatigue, dizziness, fainting or spontaneous sweating.
  • Also: in case of rashes or sunburn on the forehead or the head.
    Increase general wellbeing with Shirodhara

Shirodhara can not only be used to alleviate specific symptoms. Ayurvedic forehead oil casting can also be used preventively or to increase general well-being.

Shirodhara can:

  • Induce a state of relaxation similar to that of meditation
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Support the healing of post-traumatic stress disorders, as well as relieve tension, headaches and negative moods
  • Promote a healthy sleep
  • Reduce overtiredness and hypertension
  • Promote deep rest and rejuvenate the body
  • Relieve burn-out symptoms and fatigue
  • By generating deep relaxation and tranquillity, helping to increase the energy level. Those who are already relaxed can achieve greater clarity and perception through treatment.
  • Especially in our hectic modern world, Shirodhara is ideally suited to calm you down and recharge your batteries.

Shirodhara can be enjoyed as a single application, in a double treatment with Abhanyaga (whole body oil massage), as part of an Ayurvedic detox/panchakarma program or as part of Ayurvedic wellness packages.

Athena Theel

Athena studies Chinese & Economics at the University of Cologne. Having spent many years in China and Japan, she has developed an interest in holistic medicine. Based on her interest, Athena joined Sri Sri Tattva as a content writer, social media manager and translator.
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