As the name suggests this therapy is related to head .Stress and mental disorders are the problems faced on a major scale.This treatment or therapy relieves a person from the stress by calming down the stressed out nerves and the massage done on head removes the toxins and thereby improves the blood circulation. Shirovasti or Shiro Vasti is a word comprising of 2 terms, Shiro meaning head, Vasti meaning pooling of herbal oils and or medicated liquids on the head. Thus ShiroVasti means pooling the liquid medicines, especially herbal oils and or ghee in a chamber or compartment constructed over the head.
Shiro Vasti is a procedure which is included in the category of Murdhni Taila (various methods of applying oil over the head. It is a type of Bahya Snehana (using of oil and conducting treatments over the body, externally).This therapy is often taken as a part of other different therapies or taken as a separate therapy for brian related symptoms.It is not only taken as a part of treatment but also as a medium of relaxation giving treatment benefits .
Shirovasti is the most intensive, potent external oil application. Shirovasti is a special technique to administer medicated oil on the head. The patient is made to sit upright on a wooden stool and medicated oil is applied on body and head. Then a cap made of flexible leather, open on both sides, is fitted on the head and the prescribed medicated oil, slightly warm, is poured onto the cap. The oil is allowed to remain inside the cap for about 45 minutes or till the manifestation of proper signs of efficient treatment, whichever is earlier, and drained out. Afterwards the head is wiped with a clean dry cotton cloth. Again medicated oil is applied on the body and head and the patient is given body bath in warm water. This treatment is done for maximum seven days and requires equal number of days for preparation and for having the post intensive treatments.
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