Shiro Basti

Ayurvedic remedy aims to hold on to the balance of the body, mind, and soul.This balance is further believed to lead to happiness, health and also help prevent illness. In Ayurvedic medicine, health is defined as the soundness of sarira (body), manas (mind), and atman (self). Each of these must be nurtured if an individual is to have good health. Chithrakoota Ayurveda located at Kundapura, Karnataka is a nest for various Ayurvedic remedies. Situated in middle of green nature, Chithrakoota is a paradise to visit if you are aiming to relax and rejuvenate.

This generation is vastly suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is defined as the difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repairing of our heart and blood vessels. It helps in maintaining a healthy balance of the hormones that makes us feel hungry. Sleeping is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells communicate with each other. Anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of insomnia. Many tend to take up sleeping pills in order to get a good night sleep. And before they can even realize they’ll be suffering from drug addiction. Insomnia won’t be cured by sleeping pills, in fact, over the long-term usage they can actually make insomnia worse. Ayurveda has to offer a more effective at treating to insomnia than prescription sleep medications, without the risks or side effects. This treatment is known as Shirobasti.

Shirobasti :

Shiro simply means head and basti means pooling of medicated herbal oils on the surface. By this we can extract that Shiro basti is a process where herbal oils are poured on the head of the patient. Basically, Shiro Basti is a procedure in which a pool warm herbalized oil sits on top of the head and is then kept there for a certain amount of time. The treatment is relaxing and recommended specifically for those suffering from sleep disorders, mental illness and conditions such as fear, anxiety, excessive thinking, insomnia, depression, frequent headaches and other psychological disorders.

Procedure :

Shirobasti is applied on head with utmost care and diligence. Unlike other Basti treatments, of hot medicated oil therapies here there is no dough used for making a temporary containing dam and the patient instead of lying is made to seat straight. A special cap is fixed on the head and from its opening warm medicated oil is poured on the surface of the head and retained  as per the instruction of the attending Ayurvedic practitioner.

Importance of Shirobasti :

Nidranasha is a very common complaint seen in our day to day practice. Treating this problem is little bit tricky and difficult. The drugs like Diazepam are very effective and induce sleep immediately. But they arrive with a set of their own side effects. To overcome with these side effects an alternative Ayurvedic therapy is essential. Shirobasti has seen its efficacy in inducing the sleep. Shirobasti is a procedure in which the oil will be retained over the scalp in a prescribed quantity and temperature. The pressure created over the scalp and temperature may activate the functions of nerves present in the core brain then help in generating the required amount of serotonin and catecholamine, hormones which help in inducing sleep.

Oils used in Shirobasti :

This oil is a mixture of ghee, raw milk,  gingelly oil, castor oil and various herb extracts. These are boiled in order to extract their full medicinal properties.

  • Ghee :- Deeply conditions hair and stimulates hair growth. Ghee also improves eyesight.
  • Milk :- Milk contains calcium, protein and vitamins that can help in relaxing the nerves.
  • Gingelly oil :- Treats blood pressure, fights stress and depression.
  • Castor oil :- Keeps Your Hair and Scalp Healthy, fights infection.
  • Brahmi :- Strongly supports a restful sleep, calms emotional turbulence and also helps improve concentration and alertness.
  • Sarpagandha :- Helps in reducing high blood pressure or hypertension that can cause sleeping issues.

Benefits of Shirobasti :

  1. Improves sleep cycle and sleep quality.
  2. Beneficial in curing Insomnia.
  3. Aims at improving memory and mental strength.
  4. Treats stress and neurological disorders.
  5. Treats scalp dryness, hair loss and headache.
  6. Treats eyes related problems like cataract and vision impairment.
  7. Leaves a remarkable lustre and glow on face.
  8. Shirobasti makes skin soft and shiny.
  9.  Increase blood circulation of the scalp.
  10. Helpful in treating nerve disorders.
  11. Helpful in eradicating scalp disorders.

Increased stress hormones caused by lack of sleep raises the level of inflammation in the body. This creates a greater risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Sleep serves to re energize the body’s cells of a person. While sleeping the excessive stress is cleared from the brain. Sleeping also support learning and memory. Shirobasti has been proven to be having an excellent result on sleep disorders as it gives strength to the central nervous system. It calms down the mind. Promotes the senses which help in the body’s natural healing mechanism. Aims to release stress from the nervous system by pacifying Vata dosha. Almost everyone suffers from sleep disorders at one or the other point of life. Book your Shirobasti session today at Chithrakoota Ayurveda  and be benefited with various and helpful remedies which arrive with a promise of long term advantage.

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