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What is zirodhArA (shirodhara)?
zirodhArA is a very intensive Ayurveda treatment where a medicated fluid (oil, buttermilk etc) is poured over the forehead of a patient for a duration of between 45-60 minutes every day for a period ranging from 7 to 21 days. It is effective in a wide range of conditions including but not limited to full body paralysis, facial paralysis, migraine, insomnia, depression, diabetes and cervical spondylosis.
What is pizhicil (pizhichil)?
pizhicil is a very intensive Ayurveda treatment where medicated fluid, mostly oils, is poured all over the body of an individual for a duration of around 60 minutes every day for a period ranging from 7 to 21 days. It is effective in a wide range of conditions including but not limited to rheumatoid arthritis, slipped disc, cervical spondilytis, osteo arthritis, partial paralysis, total paralysis and sciatica. In this treatment, 2-5 therapists work on an individual simultaneously pouring around 2.5 litres of warm medicated fluid over the entire body of the individual.
All Ayurveda treatments are truly effective when they are prescribed by an experienced Ayurveda physician for the individual patient with the full knowledge of the state of the individual as also the variables affecting the individual. Further, like in pancakarma, most treatments require a preparatory period of 7-10 days and a post-treatment recuperative period of 7 days to 6 weeks depending on the actual condition of the individual. All treatments are naturally accompanied by dietary and lifestyle restrictions without which the treatment may not be as beneficial, and can sometimes even lead to complications.
Hence it is best to take a course of treatment under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Ayurveda physician – a proper course of treatment can take around 3-5 weeks tentatively and demands total (near total) physical and mental rest from the individual.