Shirodhara comes from the two Sanskrit words “shiro” (head) and “dhara” (flow). It’s an Ayurvedic healing technique that involves having someone pour liquid — usually oil, milk, buttermilk, or water — onto your forehead. It’s often combined with a body, scalp, or head massage. Ayurveda is a holistic health approach that originated in India thousands of years ago. It focuses on rebalancing the life forces, called doshas, within your body.


Shirodhara is a classical and a well-established ayurvedic procedure of slowly and steadily dripping medicated oil or other liquids on the forehead. This procedure induces a relaxed state of awareness that results in a dynamic psycho-somatic balance.

It is a process by which herbal oils are allowed to flow on the forehead in a special method for about 45 minutes in a day. In Ayurveda, Shirodhara deeply relaxes the nervous system, lowers metabolism, integrates brain function and creates brain wave coherence and an alpha state. When the brain is under stress, cerebral circulation is compromised. As oil is poured on the forehead, the nervous system is deeply stilled.

Classical ayurvedic scriptures of Charak Samhita and Susruta Samhita denotes Shirodhara by various vernacular names such as: Shiro Sheka, Sirothara, Parisheka, Shiro Parisheka, Dhara, and Shirashek.

Generally used in case of Pitta imbalance in the body. This type mostly uses coconut water as the main ingredient for the treatment.


Shirodhara reduces fatigue and initiates a soothing effect on our brain cells. It is a purifying and rejuvenating therapy designed to eliminate toxins and mental exhaustion as well as relieve stress and any ill effects on the central nervous system.

The brain waves slow down and become coherent. Once the brain is quieted, more life energy and oxygen and other nutrients flow more freely to the brain. The result: better brain function, mood stability and improved stress handling ability. With each successive Shirodhara treatment, the mind systematically achieves an even deeper state of silence and more healing takes place. Regular treatments are said to increase blood circulation to the brain, improve memory, nourish the hair and scalp, encourage sound sleep and calm body and mind.

Psychological tests showed the respondents maintained quality sleep and depression levels were reduced. Shirodhara is a non-invasive brain relaxation therapy, comparable to the effects produced by yoga and meditation.

Post-treatment care: You can leave the oil on for the duration of the day and shower at night for maximum benefits or go home immediately and shower. It is better to add shampoo to the hair first and then use water to wash the hair. This is because the shampoo will stick to the hair and ensure that is properly cleaned.