Management of Nidranash with Shirodhara

Compiled by Dr. Rekha


Sleep restores energy to the body and provides relaxation to nervous system. Insomnia is inability to sleep in the absence of external impediments, such as noise, bright light ect. During the period when sleep should normally occurs. Ayurveda described sleep among the three pillar of life. Charak mentioned Anidra in 80 vatavikar.


Present era is full of competiton, everyone is struggling for existence so man is working hard day and night without taking adequate sleep.
Dietary consumption of food which is dry in nature,excessive exercise and fasting,fear, anxiety, sorrow, greed ,mental harrasement,weakness,accident,injury,old age.


Yawning, bodyach, lethargy, headach, giddiness, indigestion.

Ayurvedic Treatment –


Sleep is one of the basic instincts of life.Health and longevity is conquered by proper sleep .insomnia is affecting persons personal,social behavior,including occupational life.

1) Various measures provided in Ayurveda can certainly help to overcome the situation.It directs the ractification of diet,certain procedures in routine like shirodhara ,shiroabhyangam, padkalpam, abhyangam.
2) Avoiding causative factor is must to tackle the condition more precisely with administration of herbs.

Some Other Measures –

1) Procedures like Bath, pleasant music, keeping mind calm and happy
2) Maintenance of regular time for going to bed
3) Not adviced for smoking, alcohol, coffee, tea, at night time before going to bed
4) Must be devoid of thoughts,tensions before going to bed
5) Adviced to hear sof music also induces sleep
6) 5-10 mints meditation before sleep
7) Day sleep should be prohibited


Shirodhara is specific method of treatment which directly act on central nervous system, which includes continuous pouring of medicated liquid on forehead .In shirodhara particular pressure and vibration is created over the forehead. This vibration is transmitted inwards and activate the function of thalamus. shirodhara stimulate pineal gland which produces the harmone melatonin which inturn regulate the wake and sleep cycle of body.

From ayurveda point of view shirodhara reduces vaat and warm oil directly falls on aagyachakra which is point of concentration of nerves in the body. It relieves tension, dispels worries, reduces anxiety ,calms fear, renews the nervous system. Thus helps in inducing sleep.

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