Thakradhara is similar to shirodhara treatment. This therapy means – thakra means buttermilk; dhara means pouring.
Takradhara therapy is used to cure diseases caused by the excess of Vata Dosha.
At first a person is prepared for Takradhara therapy. A complete body massage is given to a person using herbal oils and ghee. This lubricates the body, open up pours and loosen up the toxin. Then a person is made to lie down on a wooden table (Taila-Droni) in such a way that his/her head is in an elevated position above which a clay pot is hanging.
A cloth dipped in herbal oil is kept on the forehead of a person. Then medicated buttermilk is dropped for an hour every day slowly by Ayurvedic practitioner on the forehead of the patient. The movement of Dharapatra is controlled by the practitioner and is poured on whole forehead.
After this a person is allowed to relax for a while then is given a hot steam bath with herbs.
Medicated Buttermilk is made by boiling milk with special herbs like Amalaki (gooseberry), Mustha (Cyperus rotundus), Yashtimadhu ( Glycyrrhiza Glabra), etc. Then a little curd is added to it and it is kept for over night. In the morning it is thoroughly churned.
Duration of the whole therapy depends on the health and situation of a person but normally Takradhara therapy can last from 7 – 21 days.
Takradhara is also the best therapy to cure sunstroke.
Takradhara can also cure:
- Increase digestive power
- Alleviates Anorexia
- Certain types of migraines
- Falling of hair
- Graying of hair