Role of Shirodhara in Managing Stress
Posted on April 14, 2022

Because of our way of life, we have had to deal with a lot of stressful situations, and many of us are not good at dealing with them. Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic stress management technique. It is used to manage stress because it has neuro-immuno-physiological and psychological effects on the human body. 

The two words, Shiro means head, and Dhara means drippings, which depicts the treatment procedure. This Ayurvedic stress management technique involves dripping oil or liquid into the forehead in a steady stream for at least 36 minutes to 1 hour and 12 minutes. It is usually done after three, seven, fourteen, or twenty-eight days. Another therapy is Ayurvedic Takradhara treatment which is also similar to Shirodhara, where Thakradhara is medicated with buttermilk, also treated for insomnia, hypertension, and psoriasis.

Shirodhara: Natural Stress Relief Therapy

Shirodhara can heal your health while also relieving stress and bringing you to a state of calmness. Body, mind, and spirit are all brought into balance and harmony when your nervous system is calmed and your sensory organs are sharpened. Induces a profound state of relaxation that calms your mind with Shirodhara.
Shirodhara is a natural stress reliever and the center of the forehead also known as the third eye, which is why it is referred to as the “third eye chakra” or “center of intuition”. Shirodhara makes extensive use of natural oils and liquids. Sesame oil is popular because it is a relatively neutral oil that blends well with essential oils.

How Can Shirodhara Help In Stress Management? 

Shirodhara aids neurophysiological mechanisms; its effects on psychophysiological changes could be related to tactile stimulation of skin or hair follicles innervated by the first branch of the ophthalmic nerve. The impulses would be routed to the thalamus via the principal nucleus and then to the cerebral cortex or limbic system. Ayurvedic therapies affect the physical and energy sheath of the subtle body system, but Shirodhara specifically purifies the mental sheath, where behavioral patterns and emotional traumas can divert the mind from supporting good health and spiritual growth. Shirodhara will help you get into a calm state and help you get rid of all of your stress. One way to relax both the body and the mind helps both. It is also called "Stress Relief Therapy" because it helps people deal with stress and calms them down.

Herbal oils Commonly used in Shirodhara

Different kinds of oils and liquids are used for patients according to their condition. Sesame oil is commonly used because it is rich in antioxidants and active ingredients like sesamin, sesaminol, and sesamol which regulate serotonin activity in the brain and it not only soothes and calms the mind but also aid in the relief of stress and the induction of sleep. The liquid ingredients also include coconut water, herbal oils, buttermilk, decoctions of licorice, and milk. Shirodhara is typically performed with Ksheerabala thailam (a mixture of Bala herb paste, sesame oil, and cow's milk). Chandanadi thailam, Karpasasthyadi thailam, Narayana thailam, and Dhanwantharam thailam are some of the other varieties.

Healing Benefits of Shirodhara

The body's way of expressing one's emotional and physical state is stress. A stressed person can not help to become calm, but Shirodhara can help you achieve relief from stress by removing it from your body and mind. Shirodhara promotes tranquility and calms you down, allowing you to relax more easily. Maintaining a steady flow of oil into your forehead turns on the parasympathetic nervous system mode. Natural relief from stress and anxiety through Ayurveda is the key benefit of Shirodhara. 
It also awakens intuition, aids in the removal of mental blockages, and allows people to recall events from their past from a previously inaccessible viewpoint. Patients receive immense mental clarity as a result of the warm oil downpour, allowing them to move past unresolved pains, traumas, and emotional experiences.
It also improves the quality of sleep; good sleep is always associated with a healthy body and mind. Losing sleep depletes a person's energy and negatively impacts their overall state of mind. It also alleviates a variety of anxiety-related symptoms, resulting in an anxiety reduction.
Shirodhara has many anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to relieve headaches and chronic migraines by relaxing the muscles. This therapy is also used to improve the quality of vision. Its properties aid in better vision. Depression, hypertension, and other cognitive diseases are all treated with this medication as well.


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