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Shirodhara is a therapeutic procedure in Ayurveda that involves pouring a continuous stream of warm oil or other liquids onto the forehead (specifically on the “third eye” area between the eyebrows). The term “Shirodhara” is derived from the Sanskrit words “shiro” (head) and “dhara” (flow).

During a Shirodhara session, the client lies down on a comfortable table or mat while a specially designed apparatus or pot is used to gently pour a steady stream of warm oil over the forehead. The oil is typically prepared with a blend of herbal oils or medicated liquids, chosen based on the individual’s needs and imbalances.

The flow of oil is directed onto the forehead in a rhythmic and continuous manner for a specific duration, usually ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. The oil stream is aimed at the “third eye” area, which is considered a vital energy point in Ayurvedic philosophy.

The warmth and consistent flow of oil during Shirodhara have a calming and soothing effect on the nervous system. It induces deep relaxation, reduces stress, and promotes mental clarity. The rhythmic pouring of oil on the forehead is believed to balance the doshas, particularly Vata dosha, and help harmonize the mind and body.

Shirodhara is often used to address various health conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, and imbalances related to the nervous system. It is also known to enhance the overall sense of well-being and promote a deep state of relaxation.

In addition to the traditional oil-based Shirodhara, other substances may be used depending on the specific needs and imbalances of the individual. For example, herbal decoctions, milk, buttermilk, or even plain water can be used in certain cases.