Shirodhara

Popularly known as third eye treatment of lord Shiva, a therapeutic Marma head massage with herbal oils is done and herbal oil, medicated milk or herbal decoction is poured in gently and steadily over the forehead in a continuous stream using a special rhythmic swaying movement. This results in a fantastic sense of deep relaxation and inner peace. This is an oil based treatment effective for people suffering from Parkinson's disease, complex headaches, insomnia, depression, sleeplessness, and various other neurological disorders. The treatment involves lavish pouring of medicated oil on the person's forehead. Since treatment is done directly on the head, its therapeutic properties activate the brain cells directly.

Sirodhara is also a potential rejuvenating therapy. It relaxes and calms the mind, and helps to tune up the brain and improve memory. This allows the body organs to function efficiently and keep the person disease free and in a state of positive health.

The treatment begins with a mild oil massage on the whole body to relax the nerves and muscles. Then warm, medicated oil is poured on to the person's forehead, nonstop, for about 30 to 40 minutes, from a height of about 4 inches. For this, the oil-filled vessel is hung above the treatment table and the oil is let to flow on the forehead in rhythmic ways.

The uninterrupted flow of warm oil stimulates and activates the brain cells and nervous system; increases the blood circulation; and it also calms down the mind and reduces mental stress. As a result, not only the impacts caused by the diseases are reduced, but the person's body and mind also gets recharged and refreshed.

A large number of nerve stimulating herbs, fruits and nourishing oils are used in the preparation of the medicated oil. Gooseberry and bala are good examples of such herbs. Other herbs, fruits, and oils used are sandalwood, bael, liquorice, nut grass tuber, winter cherry, ghee, coconut oil, gingely oil, and milk.

Meditation and oral medicines such as Kashayam (decoction), Lehyam (semi solid) etc. are also given along with the treatment. Such a combination, continued for 2 to 3 weeks, heals any related diseases and also boosts up the whole body.

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