Shiro pichu is an herbal oil treatment that is applied to the head. Shiro means the “head” and pichu is a “small square” or “circular cotton pad” that is dipped in the herbal oil. The ancient sage Vagbhata Acharya mentioned this therapy under murdhani tailam in the Ayurvedic text Ashtanga Hridaya.
Murdhani tailam is a procedure that applies herbal oils to the head for a specific amount of time based on the dosha that needs to be balanced. To apply shiro pichu, the cotton pad is dipped into the warm herbal oil and then the cotton pad is laid directly on top of the head.
According to Ayurveda, the head is considered uttamangam (a prime organ of the body) and a major marma (energy point). The head is the location where all the indriyas (sense organs) are present. The application of oil to the head nourishes prana vayu and the pancha indriyas (five sense organs).
Benefits of Shiro Pichu Herbal Oil Treatment
Herbal Oils for Shiro Pichu
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