Shirodhara (Taildhara/ Takradhara/ Ksheerdhara)


Shirodhara is a safe option to improve sleep quality and reduce anxiety and mental stress. The calming effect produced by Shirodhara is very similar to obtained with meditation. Shirodhara is suitable for any dosha or constitution however there are some contraindication. Shirodhara should not be given to woman in third trimester of pregnancy and to those with a rash or sunburn on the forehead or scalp.
Other contraindications include brain tumor, recent neck injury, abrasions or cut on the head, acute illness, fever, nausea, vomiting, severe weakness, exhaustion, fainting or spontaneous sweating.


Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy. The word comes from Sanskrit words ‘ Shiro’ (head) and ‘ Dhara‘ (flow or stream). Shirodhara is a classic Ayurvedic therapy, unique body therapy from Ayurveda. Shirodhara has a very good impact on the nervous system. Shirodhara directly and immediately calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on the mind and nerves.

It involves gently pouring warm oil ( or other medicated herbal liquid) in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘ajana marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation.

Choose the right oil:
It is always good to choose special herbal oil recommended by Ayurvedic Doctors or as per your Dosha. It can be oil or any other medicated liquid.

Benefits of Shirodhara:

According to Ayurveda, Shirodhara is beneficial for Vata and Pitta dosha.

Out of Vata dosha exhibits as fear, insecurity, worry, racing thoughts.

Out of balance Pitta dosha exhibits as anger, irritability, frustration, Judgment. The action and qualities of the oil or herbal liquid used in Shirodhara counter the qualities of the out of balance dosha. It depends upon what is being treated and is named as ksheerdhara, takradhara, taildhara and jaldhara

Shirodhara has been used to treat a variety of conditions including
• Eye diseases
• Sinusitis
• Allergic rhinitis
• greying of hair
• Memory loss
• Insomnia
• Hearing impairment
• Vertigo
• Certain type of skin diseases like psoriasis.

warm herbal oil