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

Shirodhara literally means "head flow." The liquids used depend on the conditions being treated. Commonly used liquids include water, various oils, buttermilk, or coconut water. It's not clear how shirodhara might work.

People use shirodhara for hayfever, insomnia, ringing in the ears, dizziness, hearing loss, memory loss, ADHD, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Shirodhara is possibly safe when used appropriately. No side effects have been reported.

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Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if shirodhara is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. But there is no reason to expect side effects.


There is interest in using shirodhara for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Shirodhara is a technique that involves laying face up in a relaxing environment while a variety of liquids are gently flowed over the forehead. The liquid used depends on the condition being treated. Commonly used liquids include water, various oils, buttermilk, or coconut water. Shirodhara is becoming increasingly popular in day spas, especially in North America, where it is used to relieve fatigue and promote relaxation.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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