Shiro Pichu Head Oil Treatment

Shiro Pichu Head Oil Treatment

By Vaidya Vishwanath October 27, 2022


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

  • Prevents headaches
  • Supports healthy hair and premature graying
  • Supports healthy sense organs
  • Enhances facial glow and complexion
  • Relives stress and calms the mind
  • Promotes sound sleep
  • Supports healthy vision
  • Supports healthy scalp

Herbal Oils for Shiro Pichu

  1. Brahmi Oil
  2. Cheriya Bhringamalakadi Oil
  3. Triphaldi Oil
  4. Durvadi Oil
  5. Nilibhringadi Sesame Oil
  6. Kshirabala Oil
  7. Nimbadi Oil
  8. Chemparuthyadi Oil
  9. Valiya Chandanadi Oil
  10. Kuntalakanti Oil

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Vaidya Vishwanath grew up in Pune, India which is hub of traditional Ayurvedic gurukul teachings, following the principles of Ayurveda as part of his culture. He has dedicated his career over the past 1 ½ decades to the science of Ayurveda.

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