Traditional Medicine

Shirodhara

  • Shirodhara is a procedure in which various liquid continuously poured over forehead and then allowing to flow over scalp from a specific height for specific period of time.
  • It is both preventive and curative in action and can be used for treating various shiro- rogas.
  •     Vatic  condition- taila dhara
  •    Pittik condition – ksheera dhara
  •       Kapha condition – takra dhara
  • > Properties of shirodhara
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  • > Nourishes the brain tissues and improve the power of sense organs, stimulate brain function, enhance ojus, effective in skin disorder, improve the functions of indriyas, stablises mental functions, prevent premature greying of hair, reduces fatigue etc
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  • > Indication
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  • > ·         arumshika, sirstoda, shirodaha, manasiroga, nidranasha, bhrama, ardavavheda, disease of head and eys, chronic cold and sinusitis, karanroga, mukharoga, vatavyadhis (hemiplegia, cerebral, palsy, facial palsy etc) etc.
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  • > ·         psychosomatic diseases (IBS, peptic ulcer etc)
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  • > ·         allergic dermatitis, psoriasis, insanity, migraine etc.
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  • > Contra indication
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  • > ·         Amavasta of diseases, ajirna, nava paritisyaya, space occupying lesions of brain , glaucoma fever  conjunctivitis, inflammatory conditon of head.
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  • > ·         classification of shirodhara according to the dravyas used
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  • > ·         taildhara, kwatha dharam, ksheerdhara, takradhara, ghritadhara, sthanya dhara, jaladhara, nalikerodhaka dhara etc.
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  • > ·         depending upon the dosha haratwa of tailam / ingredients used – therapautic affect of dhara may changed.
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  • > Types
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  • > According to the liquid used
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  • > ·         taildhara-ushna snigda- basically vata/vatakapha samana
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  • > ·         takradhara – sitaruksha, kaphapita samana
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  • > ·         kshree dhara – sitasnigdam, pitta/pitta vatasamana
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  • > ·         ghrita – pittaja and raktaja shirorogas
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  • > ·         jaladhara – pittasamana dahsamana
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  • > ·         nalikerodaka dhara – vatapitta samana
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  • > ·         tailadhara – samana / brahamana/utklesana
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  • > ·         takradhara – rukshana/stambhana/shoshana
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  • > ·         ksheedhara – stambhana/prasadana
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  • > ·         jaladhara – stambhana/prasadhana/dahhara
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  • > ·         nalikerodak dhara – stambana/prasadana
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  • > Common taila used for shirodhara
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  • > 1. Tailadhara
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  • > ·         sirasula – balahadadi taila, ksheerbala, shuddhabala
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  • > ·         dermtoligical conditon of scalp/chemparutyadi taila, durvaditaila, durdurapatradi taila, dinesavalyadi taila, ealadi taila
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  • > ·         neurological, pshychological and psycho somatic disorder, insomnia, mental stress, dementia, Alshimer’s disease- ksheerbala, chandandi tailam, balatailam, dhanwantram tailam, himasagara tailam, brahmi tailam
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  • > ·         cervical spondylosis,bells palsy-karpasasthyadi thailam,ksheerabala,mahanarayanatailam,vatasani tailam
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  • > ·         Eye diseases-maduyashtyadi tailam,manjishtyadi tailam,balaguluchyadi tailam,triphala tailam.
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  • > ·         sinusitis and chronic cold-asana vilwadi tailam,asanaeladi tailam.
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  • > ·         hair loss and premature greying of hair-neelibhringadi tailam,kayyonnyadi tailam,prapoundareekadi tailam.
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  • > 2. Ksheera dhara
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  • > ·         hypertension-panchagandasidda ksheeradhara
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  • > ·         Abhighataja vikara-chenninayakasidda ksheera dhara
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  • > ·         Vataja sirorogas-dasamulasiddaksheeradhara,vataharadravyasidda ksheeradhara
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  • > ·         Burning sensation,vatika and vata pittikaneurological condition-balaksheerakashayam
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  • > 3. Takradhara
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  • > ·         nidra nasam,vata raktam-dwadasamritam takradhara
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  • > ·         Psoriasis,chronic dandruff and dermatological diseases-Aragwadadi takra dhara
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  • > ·         Kaphaja head ache-varanadi takra dhara
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  • > ·         Anxiety neurosis-Balasidda takra dhara
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  • > ·         Pitta pradana rogas-yashti sidda takra dhara
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  • > ·         Kapha pradana rogas-musta sidda takra dhara
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  • > ·         Psychosomatic diseases-amalaki+musta siddatakra dhara