Shirodhara treatment is a classic Ayurvedic therapy that includes pouring of warm herbal oil on the forehead in continuous stream. The word Shirodhara is arrived from two Sanskrit words, "Shiro" means head and "dhara means stream. Shirodhara has a profound impact on the nervous system. That means, the treatment directly and immediately calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on the mind and nerves.

According to Ayurveda, Shirodhara is beneficial for vata and pitta dosha. When out of balance, Vata dosha exhibits as fear, insecurity, worry racing thoughts. Out of balance Pitta dosha exhibits as anger, irritability, frustration, judgment.


The action and qualities of the liquid used in Shirodhara counter the qualities of the out of balance doshas. It soothes, nourishes and pacifies the doshas through the application of the liquid to the forehead, scalp and nervous system.

Commonly oils, coconut water, decoctions, buttermilk, and milk processed with other herbs are used in Shirodhara. Due to variations in liquids, the type of Shirodhara includes:

  • Taila Dhara: In Taila dhara oil is used as the main ingredient.
  • Takra Dhara: Buttermilk is used as the main ingredient.
  • Kwatha Dhara: Decoctions from various herbs are used as the main ingredient.
  • Ksheera Dhara: Milk is used as the main ingredient
  • Jala Dhara: Coconut water or water is used as the main ingredient.


  • Headache.
  • Migraine.
  • Cluster Headache.
  • Depression.
  • Memory Loss.
  • Cerebral Palsy.
  • Eye Diseases.
  • Graying of Hairs etc.


  • Relaxes Mind.
  • Promotes Better Sleep.
  • Improves Concentration.
  • Nourishes Hair and Scalp.
  • Reduces Anxiety and Fear.
  • Reduces Memory Problems.


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