Definition - What does Shirodhara mean?

Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing technique that is used to cure eye and neurological issues, memory loss, certain skin problems, gray hair, sleeping problems and some types of allergies. The term comes from the Sanskrit word shiras meaning "head" and dhara meaning "flow." Liquids, such as warm oil, milk, butter milk, or even just water, depending on the issue needing treatment, are poured over the patient's forehead.

Yogapedia explains Shirodhara

Shirodhara is mostly used to calm the nervous system, reduce stress and balance the mind. It is also used as a preparation for panchakarma, Ayurveda's primary purification and detoxification treatment.

Shirodhara treatment is beneficial for both the physical and spiritual body, aiming to cleanse and balance the third eye and crown chakra. The third eye chakra is located next to the pineal gland, which controls the secretion of melatonin and serotonin needed for emotional health. Melatonin controls sleeping patterns and serotonin is needed for cultivating a happy, steady and calm mind.

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