Shirodhara – An Ayurvedic Therapeutic
Dhananjay V. Patel and Sarika Patel
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Shirodhara is an allied Panchakarma procedure, which has got worldwide popularity because of its simple administration and efficacy in variety of disorders. Pouring of liquid on head in Shirodhara is designed to relieve the psychological stress and mental fatigue. Acharya Vagbhata has considered it under the broad heading of Moordha Taila. He recommended it for the prevention of Khalitya, Palitya, etc. disorders. A variety of material is used for the Shirodhara procedure depending on the disease and involved pathological factors. In the present review article, attempt has been made to understand the mode of action i.e. pharmacodynamics of Ayurved technique Shirodhara along with its therapeutic utility.