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Shirodhara: An Ayurvedic Staple


Shirodhara  is a form of Ayurvedic bodywork used to relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. This ancient technique involves slowly pouring warm, herbalized oil over the pineal gland and massaging it into the scalp. Not only is this used as a tool to achieve deep relaxation and spiritual connection, but it is also used to bring balance and harmony to an imbalanced body or mind. Regular Shirodhara treatments are known to counteract the effects of stress, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, lessen headaches and migraines, decrease hair loss and awaken intuition.

In 2021, the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published a case study that demonstrated the healing capabilities of Shirodhara. In this case study, the patient received daily 45-minute Shirodhara treatments for a period of two weeks. Tracked using a POMS questionnaire and the evaluation of stress biomarkers, the patient’s anger, tension, fatigue, depression, concentration and total mood disturbance scores dropped drastically.

Upon final assessment, the outcomes showed not only a significant decrease in tension, anxiety and fatigue within the mind, but also a healthy shift in the body’s cells and their function. Daily Shirodhara treatments significantly improved the patient’s sleep patterns, concentration, mood swings, bodily weakness and fatigue. The patient also showed markedly lower DHEA and cortisol levels that had previously been consistently high as well as lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.


The healing powers of Shirodhara are powerful, unique and incomparable to other techniques. Its benefits have been tested and tried for over five millennia as one of the oldest forms of treatment for mind-body imbalance. The versatility of Shirodhara makes it an enticing service to treat a large variety of ailments. Whether you need to pacify a mind-body imbalance or find a deeper level of relaxation, this ancient Ayurvedic treatment will not disappoint. If you are interested in learning more about how Shirdhara can help improve your overall wellness, call Renaissance Health Centre today at 702-258-7860 to schedule an appointment with Alexandra Ojeda, Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

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