We are well aware of the benefits of milk, be they internal or external. So, applying its action in the form of treatment is one of the extraordinary practices in Ayurveda.
Ksheera as we are well aware means milk, and Dhara implies a strain. A strain of any liquid material and in this case the liquid is milk. Ksheera Dhara is the procedure in which milk boiled along with medicinal herbs is poured continuously over the forehead and body.
The medicinal milk when poured over the forehead has a resultant cooling effect and invigorates the hypothalamus and manages the function of the pituitary gland. As we know, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland are pivotal centers in our body. Therefore, a therapy that can produce a conducive effect on these vital centers is worth practicing on patients.
Milk has a soothing effect on the body, be it when administered externally or internally. Having said that, this therapy can therefore be used in stress disorders and patients with anxiety. It can be a useful therapy for skin disorders like psoriasis and inflammation. It is also believed to have exemplary action when used in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.
Kapha is one of the three doshas, and milk is believed to Increase kapha dosha in the body. Therefore, in cases of disease with kapha predominance, indigestion, and fever, kapha Dosha is already vitiated. Applying ksheera dhara would only further vitiate the kapha Dosha and worsen the condition. Therefore, in these cases, ksheera dhara has to be avoided.
Preparation of the ksheera –
For the dhara, firstly milk has to be prepared. The milk, preferably cow’s milk, is heated along with medicinal herbs till it simmers.
Preoperative procedure –
Before pouring the medicated milk, we administer the patient a massage on the head with medicated oil for approximately 5-15 min.
We advise the patient to lie in the supine position and then the head is wrapped to avoid leaking, with caution the ears are plugged and then both the eyes are covered. The sheer is then poured over the forehead with a slight pendular motion for some time.
After the procedure, we wipe the area with extreme precision, and then the patient is asked to remain inside the room. We indicate hot water baths according to the condition.
Drinking milk has its benefits, but administering it externally also has its effects. Like in the case of insomnia it can be of great help. As we now know that it increases kapha Dosha in our body, but on the other hand it can also cure disorders of vata and pitta dosha vitiation. It is also believed to have great effects on stress disorders and psychological conditions.
Seldom does anyone know about this therapy and practice it, therefore it is essential to promote this treatment in order to promote Ayurveda.
* Outcomes may vary from person to person