- December 6, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Science and Tech
Context – Ongoing research at IIT Madras is looking closely at this ayurvedic therapy
- Shirodhara comes from the two Sanskrit words “shiro” (head) and “dhara” (flow). It’s an Ayurvedic healing technique that involves having someone pour liquid — usually oil, milk, buttermilk, or water — onto your forehead.
- The treatment involves the low-velocity impact of a medicinal liquid dropping on the forehead from a specific height, at a controlled temperature, for 30-60 minutes, for a defined number of days.
- It’s often combined with a body, scalp, or head massage.
- Shirodhara is said to have relaxing, soothing, and calming effects on the body and mind.
- Research also suggests that shirodhara may help:
- improve sleep quality
- manage insomnia
- lessen anxiety (when combined with yoga)
- reduce stress
- Shirodhara is a non-invasive brain relaxation therapy, comparable to the effects produced by yoga and meditation. However, unlike the other two, it does not require any effort from the patient.
Science behind it –
- It holds that a falling liquid on the forehead produces a vibration, which generates electromagnetic waves.
- These are transferred to the cerebral cortex and hypothalamus, which has an impact on the brain and the central nervous system.
- This could reduce stress and, hence, hypertension.