Shiropichu, an ancient Ayurvedic practice, holds the key to unlocking a world of holistic hair care. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of Shiropichu, exploring its roots, benefits, and the step-by-step procedure. Let’s embark on a journey to discover the secrets of this time-tested Ayurvedic treatment.

What is Shiropichu?

Shiropichu is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment that involves the application of medicated oils and herbs on the scalp. This rejuvenating therapy aims to promote hair health, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.

Historical Roots of Shiropichu

The roots of Shiropichu trace back to ancient Ayurvedic texts, where it was considered a vital practice for maintaining a balance between mind, body, and spirit. In Ashtanga Hridaya (written by Vagbhat Acharya) there is detailed explanation of Shiropichu 

Key Ingredients in Shiropichu

Ayurvedic Oils

Ayurvedic oils form the core of Shiropichu. These oils, infused with potent herbs, work synergistically to nourish the scalp, strengthen hair roots, and address specific hair concerns. Commonly used oils are sesame, coconut, bramhi, murivenna oil.

Medicinal Herbs

In the context of Shiropichu, the incorporation of medicinal herbs serves to enhance the therapeutic advantages of the treatment. Each medicinal herb possesses distinctive properties that play a crucial role in promoting the overall well-being of both the hair and the scalp. The selection of specific herbs is based on their unique characteristics and potential benefits for hair and scalp health. These herbs may offer nourishment, stimulate blood circulation, provide antioxidants, or address specific scalp conditions. The combination of various medicinal herbs in Shiropichu is aimed at creating a holistic and synergistic effect, harnessing the natural healing properties of these herbs to contribute to the vitality and health of the hair and scalp. The use of medicinal herbs aligns with Ayurvedic principles, emphasizing the therapeutic potential of natural elements in promoting balance and wellness.

Cotton Gauze 

All the ingredients listed above are mixed together and then pasted on cotton gauze of specific size. This cotton pad is then applied to head region. 

Benefits of Shiropichu Treatment

Shiropichu, an Ayurvedic treatment that involves the application of warm herbal oils to the head and scalp, is believed to offer benefits in relation to brain development and cognitive well-being. While scientific research on this specific aspect may be limited, Ayurvedic principles suggest several potential connections:

  • Improved Blood CirculationThe gentle massage and application of warm oils in Shiropichu stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. Enhanced blood flow may contribute to improved oxygen and nutrient supply to the brain, supporting overall cognitive function.
  • Stress ReductionShiropichu involves a soothing and relaxing massage that can help alleviate stress and tension. Reduced stress levels may positively impact cognitive abilities and contribute to a clearer mind.
  • Balancing DoshasAyurveda emphasizes the balance of doshas (biological energies). Shiropichu is designed to balance these doshas, promoting overall harmony in the body and mind, which may indirectly influence cognitive well-being.
  • Aromatherapy BenefitsThe aromatic herbs and oils used in Shiropichu provide an aromatherapy experience. Certain scents, such as those from herbs like Brahmi, are believed to have a positive impact on mental clarity and focus.
  • Calming the Nervous SystemThe application of warm oils in Shiropichu is thought to have a calming effect on the nervous system. A relaxed nervous system may contribute to improved concentration and mental calmness.
  • Better Sleep QualityThe relaxation induced by Shiropichu may lead to improved sleep quality. Quality sleep is essential for cognitive function, memory consolidation, and overall brain health.
  • Nourishing the ScalpThe nourishing properties of herbal oils in Shiropichu may indirectly support the health of the scalp and hair follicles. A healthy scalp environment is believed to positively influence mental well-being.

The Procedure: Step by Step

The Shiropichu procedure is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment that involves applying warm herbal oils to the head and scalp. Here is a step-by-step guide to the Shiropichu treatment:

1. Preparation:

  • Selection of OilsAyurvedic practitioners choose herbal oils based on the individual’s constitution and specific needs. Commonly used oils include sesame oil, coconut oil, or specialized medicated oils.
  • Heating the OilThe selected oil is heated to a comfortable temperature. The warm oil enhances its therapeutic properties and promotes better absorption.

2. Application:

  • Comfortable SetupA comfortable treatment area is arranged, and the individual is seated or made to lie down in a relaxed position.
  • Dividing HairThe hair is parted, and the oil is applied in sections to ensure even coverage of the scalp.
  • Application of Warm OilThe warm herbal oil is applied methodically to the entire scalp using gentle, circular motions. The practitioner ensures that the oil penetrates the hair roots and covers the scalp thoroughly.
  • Herbal Paste Application (Optional): In some cases, a herbal paste or medicated powders may be applied to specific areas, enhancing the therapeutic effects.

3. Retention:

  • Retaining the Oil: After the oil application, a cloth or cotton is tied around the head to retain the warmth and allow the oil to penetrate the scalp deeply. This retention period varies but typically lasts for 30 to 45 minutes.

4. Post Care:

  • Gentle MassageAfter the retention period, a gentle head and neck massage may be performed to further stimulate blood circulation and relaxation.
  • Cleansing the Hair (Optional): The oil is then washed off using a mild herbal shampoo or a natural cleanser. However, some variations of Shiropichu may involve leaving the oil on the scalp without washing.
  • Post-Treatment Care: The individual is advised to avoid exposure to cold drafts and to rest for a short period after the treatment. It is recommended to keep the head warm.
  • Frequency of Sessions: he frequency of Shiropichu sessions may vary based on individual needs and the specific condition being addressed. Some individuals may benefit from regular sessions, while others may receive it as needed.

Shiropichu is known for its relaxing and rejuvenating effects on the head and scalp, contributing to overall well-being. It’s important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to determine the most suitable oils and herbs based on individual health requirements.


  • Yes, Shiropichu can be customized for various hair types and concerns.
    • The frequency depends on individual needs, but monthly treatments are a common recommendation.
    • Many individuals have reported positive results in terms of hair regrowth with consistent Shiropichu treatments.


    • When done correctly with suitable ingredients, Shiropichu is generally safe. However, a patch test is recommended to avoid potential allergies.

Uniqueness of our therapies  

At Arogya Mandir – Shri Siddhanath Ayurvedic Hospital, Miraj, we delve deeply into the ayurvedic examination of each patient. Utilizing noninvasive Ayurvedic diagnostic tools such as Ashtavidha Parikshan and Nadi Parikshan, we precisely determine the pathogenesis of the disease and then prescribe therapies tailored to the specific condition. This approach leads to expedited results.

Our therapies boast the following distinctive features:
– Tranquil and hygienic therapy rooms staffed with trained therapists in a positive environment.
– Selection of appropriate massage oil based on the patient’s Prakruti and the condition of the disease.
– Complimentary Prakruti and Dhatu Sarata examinations before the commencement of therapies.
– Authenticated procedures for each therapy.
– Judicious use of herbal medicines and instruments during the therapy sessions.
– Specialized rooms equipped with all facilities for inpatient care.

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