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Sirovasthi is an effective treatment in Ayurveda for nervous system disorders. In this therapy, warm medicated oil is retained over the head for a certain amount of time. This oil is a mixture of gingely oil, castor oil, ghee, common milk, and various herb extracts. Herbs and oil are boiled in a special way in order to extract their full medicinal properties
The first step of Sirovasthi starts with the application of warm herbal oil all over the body. This nourishes the nerve endings and prepares the body for the main treatment. Then a cylindrical shaped leather cap of about ten inches height and both ends open is fitted around the patients head. Certain mixture of the lukewarm herbal oil which is prescribed by the Ayurveda Physician according to the individual body type are poured into it. Normally the oil is retained on the head for about 30 to 45 minutes.
The timing and duration of the treatment varies according to the condition of the patient and type of disease. Usually, the doctor prescribes a 7 or 14 day treatment course.
As a part of the whole treatment, the doctor will also give directions about the person’s diet patterns and his oral medicines
Sirovasthi treatment is mainly useful in facial paralysis, dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches, burning sensation of head, eye diseases, diseases of cranial nerves and hair fall. It is also helpful to improve memory and vision.