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    Shirodhara: Dripping oil on the Forehead

Shiridhara is a titillating form of Snehana treatment, whereby the medicated oil methodically drips onto the forehead in a rhythmic pattern. The rhythm of the oil trickling onto the forehead especially on Sthapani marma, which is the seat of cognitive vision evokes or arouses the cognitive memories which restores healthy status of body and mind. It is helpful in headache, insomnia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, facial palsy, hair loss and insufficient blood supply to brain. It also helps for stress management by mental and emotional relaxation and to build up or gain back the self confidence. Along with various oils, medicated butter milk (takradhara), decoctions (Kwathadhara), are also administered for scalp psoriasis, hair loss, dandruff etc.

It is another snehana treatment where warm oil is retained on the head by a leather cap, where the subject is in sitting position. Prior to the treatment the head is shaved and a gentle massage is given. It is performed for a period of consecutive seven days. This therapy is more effective in severe conditions such as insomnia, mental disorders, migraines, tumors of brain or nervous system, weakness of bodily joints, weakness of joints /muscles, neuromuscular disorders, premature graying of hair, hair loss and facial paralysis.
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