Often called the mother of all healing, Ayurveda is the oldest form of health care in the world. According to Ayurveda, we are combination of these Tridoshas. This science is known as the science of Tridosha. Tridosha defines the three basic energies which govern the function of our bodies on the physical and emotional level. These three energies are known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Most people have imbalances in one or more of these doshas and Shirodhara therapy can be used to create balance among them and bring them back into harmony together. In the body, people who possess the Vata nature tend to lose weight, become constipated and have weakness in their immune and nervous systems when out of balance. Also, they may become easily confused, difficulty focusing and have trouble sleeping. Very often, they are also challenged by emotions like worry, fear and anxiety. People with Pitta dosha tend to have moderate weights. They tend to be highly focused, competitive, capable, courageous and energetic. They are emotionally challenged by the heated emotions of anger, resentment and jealousy. When out of balance, they are likely to suffer from infections, skin rashes, diarrhea and weakness in the liver, spleen and blood. Those with a Kapha nature tend to have dense, heavy bones, lustrous, supple skin and low metabolism. Kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight, weaknesses in lungs, sinuses and non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. When Kapha is out of balance, they tend to become depressed and lethargic.
Shirodhara is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment. Shirodhara comes from 'Shiro' which means head and 'dhara' which means flow. In this treatment, warm herbal oil is continuously and rhythmically pored on the forehead or more specifically, on the 'third eye'. This spot is the chakra point just above and between the eyebrows. The oil is allowed to run through the scalp and into the hair. This treatment begins with the client made to lie down on a bent table. Exactly above his forehead or rather the 'third eye' is the Shirodhara pot containing warm herbal oil. Warm liquid runs over the forehead, gently into the scalp and hair.
Shirodhara provides relaxation to the mind and even the body with the help of warm herbal liquids. Since, it focuses on the 'third eye' which is an important chakra of the human body; it generates energy through the body and improves the functioning of all the five senses. The effects of stress and tension show through the body in the form of mood swings, depression, insomnia and even hair fall. Shirodhara is one solution for all these problems. It stabilizes the nervous system, giving strength to the head along with nourishing the hair and scalp. Also, this treatment proves to be effective for conditions like jetlag, dry scalp and face, pain in the head, fear, trauma or any other mental or emotional problem. This therapy is not only perfect for people who are stressed due to professional hurdles but also advantageous for people facing emotional turbulence in their lives.