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Ayurvedic Shirodhara, Jaladhara, Ksheeradhara, Massage Ayurvédique, Shiro Dhara, Shirodhara Therapy, Thakradhara, Thyladhara.

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SHIRODHARA Overview Information

Shirodhara is a technique used in Ayurvedic medicine. It involves pouring different liquids over the forehead to heal various conditions.

Shirodhara is used for hayfever (allergic rhinitis), swollen sinuses (sinusitis), trouble sleeping (insomnia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness (vertigo), a balance disorder called Meniere's disease, hearing loss, memory loss, and other conditions.

Shirodhara is becoming increasingly popular in day spas, especially in North America, where it is used to relieve fatigue and promote relaxation.

How does it work?

Shirodhara is a technique used in Ayurvedic medicine. Shirodhara literally means “head flow.” Shirodhara involves the patient laying face up in a relaxing environment while a variety of liquids are gently flowed over the forehead. Different liquids are used depending on the conditions being treated. Commonly used liquids include water, various oils, buttermilk, or coconut water.

There is no scientific information about how shirodhara might work for treating medical conditions.

SHIRODHARA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Hayfever (allergic rhinitis).
  • Swollen sinuses (sinusitis).
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
  • Dizziness (vertigo).
  • A balance disorder called Meniere's disease.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Memory loss.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Shirodhara for these uses.

SHIRODHARA Side Effects & Safety

There is not enough reliable information available to know if there are any safety concerns. Shirodhara has not been scientifically studied.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of shirodhara during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

SHIRODHARA Interactions What is this?

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