This is a variety of Murtha Taila, where oil is retained on the head. Here warm medicated oil is kept inside a specialized container on the head for a prescribed time to have the desired effect. It is indicated in most of the Shiro roga or diseases of the head, especially of Vataja type, hair loss, graying of hair, and other psychological diseases.
The retention of oil in the head stimulates the tactile receptors and promotes the optimal functionality of the limbic system and certain lobes of the frontal brain. This triggers a release of endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters, and gives a generalized calming and soothing effect to the body.
Usually, before the beginning of the therapy, hair is completely shaved from the head for better therapeutic efficacy. Although hair is retained for patients who are unwilling to shave their heads. The patient is made to sit comfortably. Head is massaged with lukewarm oil. A piece is placed over the scalp uniformly.
A Gauze piece is tied around the head above the eyebrows, to prevent the oozing of oil into the face. The lukewarm oil is poured over the Bregma region so that a sufficient quantity reaches the scalp. It is allowed to retain in the scalp for the stipulated time.
The procedure has many benefits on the body and is indicated in the following clinical conditions. Shiro Vasti Prevents psychosomatic diseases like PTSD, OCD, and Promotes intellect and memory. It alao Balances the brain and skull by promoting the circulation of CSF and Alleviates pain as marma points are stimulated. It has the potential to promote sleep, calm the mind, and reduce anxiety and depression.
Its cosmetic benefits are that it Nourishes the roots of hair resulting in a healthier texture and improves skin complexion. The procedure Helps balance the Vata and Kapha entities in the brain and Eases disorders related to the eye, thus Relieves sinusitis problems.
At the same time, the following conditions have to be considered before undergoing the therapy. People who have trauma to the head, are extremely young children. Shiriroga that have other chronic complications associated with the main condition are also advised to stay away from the procedure.
* Outcomes may vary from person to person