Shiro Lepa

Mere smearing of the medicated oil to a head is known as shiro lepa. Applying the paste of medicinal plants added with oil is also considered as lepa. After application, the oil is kept in the body for certain period and then washed off. Here any form of manipulation or massage does not follow application of oil. For the same reason this procedure of snehana is said to be less efficacious than abhyanga. But, in some of the diseases states like obstinate skin diseases or peripheral vascular disease where performing the massage is impossible for evident reasons, lepa is the best alternative method of bahya snehana.


Kushtha             *  Skin diseases.

Tvaggata vata *  Skin manifestations due to vitiated vata dosha.

Shirogata tvag *  Diseases of the scalp.


Keshapatana   *  Hair fall

Darunaka                   * Dandruff

Sandhyasthi     *  Painful condition of the musculoskeletal

shula                      system.

Vatarakta         *  Peripheral vascular disease.


Application of oil is preferred after the bath. If the client is suffering from any skin diseases, the lesion is properly cleaned using decoctions or specified disinfectants. Then client is made to sit or lie down comfortably.


  1. Dr. Hemant Kumar

    Dear parijatak,
    It is the traditional Ayurveda treatment of Kerala which is very effective in various psychosomatic disorders. Basically, Thalapothichil is cooling treatment. It is one of the nice treatment ways to reduce psychosomatic disorders.

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