1. What is sirodhara?
Shirodhara is a healing technique that is done alone or as a part of panchakarma, a group of five therapies used in Ayurvedic medicine. It promotes the balance between the doshas (life forces or humour) of the body, namely, vata (air), pitta (heat) and kapha (cold).
2. What benefits does sirodhara have?
Following are some of the benefits of shirodhara:
• Improves memory
• Improves hearing and vision
• Clears nasal problems
• Reduces stress
• Promotes better sleep
• Increases the blood circulation to the head and brain
• Nourishes the hair
• Rejuvenates the skin
• Improves concentration
• Slows down ageing
• Strengthens the body
• Heals eye and nervous system disorders
3. How is sirodhara performed?
Medicated oils or liquids or plain sesame or other oils are poured gently over the forehead in a continuous flow for a stipulated amount of time.
4. Who can benefit from sirodhara?
People with insomnia, eye problems, neurological conditions, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sinusitis, greying of hair, anxiety, stress, certain skin conditions like psoriasis, allergic rhinitis, memory loss and hearing impairment can benefit from shirodhara therapy.
5. What oils are used for shirodhara?
Coconut oil, sesame oil, decoctions made from medicinal herbs or liquids like milk, buttermilk or coconut water are used for shirodhara.