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Shirodhara: The Ayurvedic Flow Treatment

Author : Dr. Gurnam Saini  

Posted On : 10 March, 2014

Nowadays, Shirodhara Treatment is becoming one of the most admired Ayurvedic treatments. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healthcare treatment that aims to harmonize and rejuvenate the body, mind, senses and soul to achieve a perfect physical and emotional balance.



The term Shirodhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words, ‘shiro’ meaning head and ‘dhara’ meaning ‘to flow’. This luxurious and deeply relaxing treatment involves continuous pouring of warm natural herbal oils over the forehead to relieve the stress and anxiety of the mind. The Shirodhara treatment regimen includes balanced diet, herbal preparations, lifestyle modifications and various other relaxation techniques.



How Shirodhara Works?


According to the philosophies of Ayurveda, the center of the forehead or the Third Eye is the prime seat of human consciousness, spirituality and intuition. It is the chakra point of our body where our mind holds the past impressions which create emotional imbalances and distressed patterns of behaviour.



The blissful flow treatment of Shirodhara helps in relieving the mental disorders and stressful exhaustion of the mind by revitalizing the mind, calming the nervous system, stimulating  the inner wisdom and improving mental clarity.



This peaceful treatment is generally carried out in warm and tranquil surroundings where a thin stream of heated natural oils flow over the patient’s forehead from a vessel hung approximately 2-4 inches above the head. The continuous patterns of waves created by the flow of oil trigger a state of unconsciousness which ultimately deepens the patient’s thoughtfulness and meditation.


Mediums Of Shirodhara


Ayurvedic practitioners make use of wide varieties of herbal substances to provide a rejuvenating Shirodhara treatment. Here’s a look at some of the most popular mediums used for the treatment and their particular applications.


  • Natural Oils: Undoubtedly, oils are the most commonly used fluids for the flow treatments. Different types of therapeutic oils such as sesame oil, sunflower, coconut, olive oil, corn oil, almond oil, etc. can be used.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt is also used in Shirodhara treatment due to its therapeutic attributes. The thick luxurious flow of yogurt soothes all the stress instantly and it is extremely beneficial for the treatment of vata dosha.
  • Buttermilk: Milk or buttermilk gives a relaxing and pacifying treatment for the pitta dosha. It is heated with a mixture of natural herbs and certain oils to enhance its healing properties. 
  • Salt Water: Salt water is a perfect medium for an effective Shirodhara treatment as it can be used for all types of doshas and it is easily available and extremely inexpensive.



Benefits Of Shirodhara


According to Ayurveda, Shirodhara Therapy relaxes the distressed mind, revitalizes the nerves, regulates metabolism and stimulates the brain functions. As the warm oils are poured over the head, the brain waves slow down and create a balancing effect which in turn enhances the blood circulation and releases the deeply absorbed toxins of the mind.



The mesmerizing and tantalizing effects of this treatment help in the achievement of a peaceful state of mind which helps in eliminating the diseases of head and the prevention of several health disorders. Some of the diseases that can be successfully treated with Shirodhara are insomnia, anxiety, chronic headaches, hypertension, asthma, rheumatism, premature greying, hair loss, etc.



For safe and effective Ayurvedic Treatments in Melbourne, you should visit Pure Herbal Ayurvedic Clinic. Dr. Gurnam Singh Saini and Dr. Puja Saini have been running the healthcare center for years now and the duo has transformed many a lives by providing natural solutions for a host of chronic and lifestyle induced diseases.



The clinic offers a host of specialized services and facilities like Ayurvedic Body Treatments, Massage Therapy, Ayurveda Weight Loss Treatments, Herbal Remedies and Organic Herbs for balancing and detoxification of the mind and body. To book your appointment, click here.




Dr Gurnam Singh Saini

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery

MD Alternative Medicine

Panchkarma Detox Expert

Member of AAA(Australian Association of Ayurveda)
PH- 0061 430 799 515 


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Author Bio:

Dr. Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. In Australia he pursued post graduate degree in mental health from La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia). He has worked as associated Nurse Unit Management in Eastern Healths, Melbourne for 9 years. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

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