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Shirodara - the Ayurveda forehead treatment
The Shirodhara is the name of an Ayurvedic treatment in which warm herbal oil based on sesame oil is applied to the forehead from a hanging bowl in firmly defined paths for a period of 20-50 minutes. This is why this treatment is often called "forehead oil cast" or "forehead cast".
The name comes from Sanskrit, "Shiro" means head and "dhara" means river.
How does a forehead oil treatment work?
In the traditional Ayurveda forehead oil treatment you lie on your back on the treatment table. The oil flows on a wick made of cotton yarn from the hole in the middle of the Dhara vessel onto the forehead.
Shirodhara - How does it work?
The Ayurveda forehead oil triggers a stream of healing substances, which is said to be very helpful especially for neurovegetative disorders and states of exhaustion. The even oil cast leads to a very deep relaxation. Both halves of the brain are synchronised. The Shirodhara is also used in the treatment of
- chronic headaches
- pain syndromes
- stress and burnout syndromes
- depressions and
- numerous other psychsomatic diseases
Vaidya Upula Samarakoon (born 1964) comes from Sri Lanka and is a traditionally trained Ayurveda specialist. In parallel to her five-year study of Ayurvedic medicine, she completed a two-year training in acupuncture.