Shirodhara means Shiro (head) and Dhara (flow). Shirodhara therapy  invigorates the mind and brings oneness in the body. Its one of the powerful Panchkarma treatment which brings full calmness in the body and mind.  This therapy is ultimate stress buster.

Is there science in Shirodhara ? (Scientific Explanation based on study students of IIT)

An IIT team from the Department of Mechanics characterize the Shirodhara therapy along two lines

  1. Fluid impact
  2. Neuro feedback.

The broad conclusion, when fluid impacts forehead, a very small displacement is observed. The electromechanical response indicate current is produced in microvolts which generates electromagnetic waves. These are transferred to the Cerebral Cortex and Hypothalamus.

This has impact on the brain and the central nervous system. This could reduce stress and hence hypertension. To measure these stress factors or other physiological and psychological parameters following instruments were used .


  1. EEG  to record the electrical activity in the brain.
  2. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate.
  3. Psychological factors like depression, anxiety, and Stress Scale-21 index,
  4. Pittsburgh sleep quality index,
  5. WHO-5 wellbeing index 
  6. mood scale index were evaluated.

After all these reading they inferred that  Shirodhara is a non-invasive brain relaxation therapy, comparable to the effects produced by yoga and meditation. However, unlike the other two, it does not require any effort from the patient.

The IIT researchers plan to widen their research and have submitted proposals to the AYUSH Ministry and the Department of Science and Technology.

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Shirodhara Procedure :

In Shirodhara following procedure is adapted at Ayulife :-

  1. Patient is asked to lay on the therapy bed which is fitted with Dhara Yantra
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  3. Based on the medical condition of the patient , decoction is prepared which is also dependent upon the season. 
  4. This decoction could be of oil, milk or  buttermilk.
  5. Its allowed to pour over the forehead or the third eye  of patient from from certain height using a special instrument Dhara-yantra
  6. The oil is flown in such a way that the stream of oil does not break.
  7. This Oil stream is moved in a particular to and from motion .
  8. This oil is allowed to flow over the scalp .
  9. Gentle head massage is also carried by therapist to give better effect of therapy.
  10. Almost 1 to 1.5 liter of oil is allowed to flow over the head and this oil is allowed to flow 3  times in a session.
  11. It almost takes 45 minutes for this therapy.

Types of Shirodhara :

Depending upon the type of problem or need of the patient the following types of Shirodhara may be performed:

  1. Shirodhara with herbal Oils
  2. Takra - Shirodhara - With decoction of Butter Milk + Herbs
  3. Ksheer Dhara - Shirodhara with Milk & medicated Herbs 

Benefits of Shirodhara:

Shirodhara helps to calm the nervous system and following are major benefits:-

  1. Releases mental stress, anxiety and depression
  2. Promotes deep relaxation and brings calmness in mind
  3. Controls graying of hair
  4. Increases Concentration
  5. Enhances Memory (Esp. Package for kids preparing Exams)
  6. Induces Sleep
  7. Strengthens the nervous system
  8. Benefits memory, cognition, and alertness
  9. Brings clarity and strength to the senses
  10. Supports balance of the brain’s chemistry and hormones
  11. Its also found that Shirodahra is quite effective for patients suffering from Autism (Refer attached docs)

To get the best results from therapy, please avoid using mobile phone for watching texts/video etc. for half hour. And it’s best to keep the head covered for a half hour with the old towel or cloth etc. If you can wait, wash your hair the next day.

Post Shirodhara:

Cover head to protect it from air and cold drafts. Try to keep the oil in the hair overnight, put a towel on your pillow to protect your linens.

Please Note :- Shirodhara also helps to cure Neurological disease like Depression, Parkinson’s disease , Migraine etc. but for these therapies, we recommend to consult with our doctors at AyuLife Clinic and  chose the proper treatment procedures. The body should not be immediately exposed to cold or cold weather.