Shirodhara is commonly called as the third eye treatment. Shirodhara is a special treatment, where medicated oil is poured on the forehead and head in a systematic manner. This is said to cure psychiatric and neurological ailments. After a head massage, the soothing and fragrant oils flow in a continuous, rhythmic stream for approximately 30 minutes over the forehead with the patient in the lying position.
Mode of action - As the oil strokes the third eye, it has a balancing effect on the deepest recesses of the brain, stimulating the endocrine system, the pituitary and pineal glands (relieves hormonal upsets) and pleasure neurotransmitters (relieves fear, trauma or emotional insecurity). The procedure is also said to synchronize alpha brain waves, enhancing blood circulation to the brain, improving mental clarity and generally releasing deeply trapped toxins (called ama in ayurveda). It releases serotonin and encourages a balance of mind body & spirit.
The herbal ingredients in the medicated oils are absorbed through the skin and enter the blood stream; emphasizing the neurological effect of shirodhara further. Shirodhara is a deeply nurturing psycho-spiritual experience that attunes the body/mind towards spontaneous healing. It is based on the principle that gentle but constant application of warm oil stimulates healthy blood circulation to the brain. All mental problems fear, anxiety, anger or irritability dissolves into an ocean of calm as mind is lulled into a state of serenity and expanded consciousness.
Benefits of Shirodhara – Shirodhara is deeply stress relieving and it pacifies the doshas mainly Vata while nourishing and calming the nervous system. Shirodhara cleanses the mind and senses of impressions, improving mental clarity and cognition. Shirodhara offers a profoundly healing effect on the nervous system.
Research papers on Shirodhara in enhancing brain activity can be read from the following site http://www.jaim.in/article.asp?issn=0975-9476;year=2013;volume=4;issue=1;spage=40;epage=44;aulast=Dhuri