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Roof is the quintessential part of every home. It protects us from scorching heat, chilly wind and incessant rainfall. Imagine a house firmly grounded but without a protective covering on the top. Similarly, the head is the most crucial part of human body. We need to keep it healthy and strong if we wish to enjoy good health overall. Shirovasti is a great means to stay healthy and happy.
Shirovasti is derived from two words—shiro means “head” and vasti means “container”. Under this therapy, a small leather vessel in the shape of a cap is placed on top of the head. Then, herbal oil is slowly and steadily poured inside the vessel so that it stays within and warms the head. This therapy is extremely effective in case of headache, migraine and stress. Since it relaxes the mind, it also helps to boost immunity and keep the body active.
According to Ayurveda, Shirovasti helps keep vata dosha under control. Shirovasti is extremely beneficial in treating the following problems.
High blood pressure
Insomnia or lack of sleep
Paralysis on the face
Dryness in nose
Itching on the scalp
Poor hearing ability
In Ayurveda, a human body is considered to be an inverted tree which means that the head is the root and rest of the body are the branches. Just like the roots of a tree take all the nutrition to the other parts, similarly, our head is the guiding force of our body. Ayurveda also recognises the head as the ultimate organ. Hence, it is important to pay attention to the most crucial organ of our body if we wish to keep our body healthy and strong.
One can use any oil out of Mahanarayan oil, Chandanadi oil, Dhanvantara oil or Ksheerabala oil for this therapy. Ideally, 1.5 litre of warm oil is slowly poured inside the vessel placed on top of the head. Usually the therapy takes about 40-60 minutes however, it depends upon the person’s condition.
Shirvoasti is a great remedy for many problems that affect our body today specially those related to the head. If you are constantly troubled by headache or stressed out completely, then this therapy would bring you immense relief. When your mind is at peace, you can enjoy a good sleep and can concentrate better. This treatment is also beneficial to treat hair-related problems such as hair fall, greying of hair, dryness, etc.
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