Ayurveda is a healthcare system of preventive measures that aims to prevent illness. One of the preventative measures is an Ayurvedic therapy called Shiroabhyagam which is an herbal oil head massage. This therapy is described in the ancient classical Ayurvedic text as part of dinacharya, a daily self-care regimen that prevents illness.
Shiroabhyanga is the application of warm herbal oil applied to the scalp by gently massaging with the fingertips. This is done on a daily basis and offers many health benefits. It is categorized under the classification known as Murdhani Tailam, which is a procedure of treatments designed for the head.
Shiroabhyanga is a snehana or oleation treatment practiced during Purva Karma which is the first set of actions during a Pancha karma. Snehana is divided into two types, bahya (external) and abhyantara (internal) oleation. Shiroabhyanga is categorized under bahya snehana.
Benefits of Shiroabhyanga Oil Massage
Herbal Oils for Shiroabhyangam
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