Shir means Head, and Dhara means to pour. That means to pour something on head especially on the third eye. It may be anything liquid as described in our old Ayurvedic texts. So Shirodhara means a purifying and detoxification technique used to manage physical and mental exertion and fatigue. Shirodhara is a unique form of ancient therapy of pouring oil on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously and rythmatically allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair.
The content used for Shirodhara massage may be oil, ghee, decoction, milk, buttermilk, almond oil or coconut water.
In our centre at Ayurveda Yogashram Amritsar & Gurgaon India, we perform ayurveda shirodhara after pulse diagnosis. Our team of doctors then decide what material should be used for Shirodhara. We do this process for 40 to 60 minutes according to the disease.