ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: A CONCEPTUAL STUDY ON SHIRODHARA PROCEDURE
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Nidhi Gupta *, Gopesh Mangal
Abstract: Pouring of medicated Kwatha (Decoction) or oil on forehead is known as Shirodhara. Shirodhara is also a type of Bahya Snehana (external oleation therapy) as mentioned in Ayurveda. Shirodhara is mainly indicated in neurological and psychosomatic disorders. Today’s modern life style is full of stress and thus interfering the individual daily function. In current era the problems like insomnia, headache, facial paralysis, scalp psoriasis, hair fall etc. are the most common and challenging conditions. But till now effective management for these complaints are still lacking. Hence it is the need of time to find out the safe and effective treatment modalities for these diseases. Thus an effort is made to rule out the efficacy of Shirodhara in different psychological disorder. The apparent mode of action of this procedure is not understood. Ayurveda mainly highlighted the outcomes of the procedure rather than its action. So a review of Samhita, Chikitsa Grantha, Nighantus and Ayurveda text with regard to Shirodhara was conducted. Indication and Contraindication and therapeutic efficacy of Shirodhara were noted during the study.
Keyword: Shirodhara, Murdha Taila, Panchakarma, Dharapatra