A Review Paper on the Role of Shirodhara A Non-Pharmacological Intervention in the Management of Insomnia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2022.5120


  • Rani Pooja Panchakarma Vaidya, All India Institute of Ayurveda, Gautam Puri, Sarita Viahar, Delhi
  • Sahu Subash Associate Professor & HOD, Department of Dravyaguna, Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, Khera Dabar, Najafgarh, New Delhi.




Nidra, Insomnia, Moordhinitaila, Shirodhara, Neurotransmitters.


Objective: The goal of this study was to look at the mode of action of Shirodhara and how it affects the levels of neurotransmitters in those who suffer from

Data Source: Brihatrayi and Laghutrayi were accessed through the NIIMH website, as well as newer texts both online and offline.

Review Method: The mode of action of shirodhara and its influence on sleepregulating neurotransmitters were the main topics of discussion in the literature
study. For scientific explanation and therapeutic application, both Ayurvedic and modern texts have been assembled with its effect on neurotransmitter levels.

Result: The current period of pandemic conditions, as well as Covid-like events, has resulted in a slew of mental health concerns and sleep disturbances. It has
been discovered that stressful situations produce a neurotransmitter imbalance. Quality sleep may heal half of all ailments, which is why it is considered one of
life's essential sub-pillars. Additionally, due to its effectiveness and lack of side effects, a movement from pharmacological to nonpharmacological therapy has
been noted.

Conclusion: Shirodhara therapy is a panchakarma procedure in which a medicinal liquid is poured continuously and rhythmically over the forehead. Acharya Vagbhatta characterized it as a sort of Moordhini taila. Shiroabhyang, Shiroseka, Shiropichu, and Shirobasti are all part of the Moordhinitaila. Sleep is an important component in determining life expectancy. Shirodhara therapy is regarded as an excellent nonpharmacological treatment for insomnia in Ayurveda.


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Pooja, R., & Subash, S. (2022). A Review Paper on the Role of Shirodhara A Non-Pharmacological Intervention in the Management of Insomnia: DOI: https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2022.5120. International Research Journal of Ayurveda & Yoga, 5(1), 137–141. https://doi.org/10.47223/IRJAY.2022.5120