Thalapothichil Ayurvedic Treatment in Kerala


Thalapothichil Ayurvedic Treatment in Kerala, also known as Shirolepa (anointment to head) is a special treatment in Ayurveda by applying medicated paste on the head of the patient. In Malayalam, ‘thala’ refers to head and pothichil means covering. This traditional Ayurvedic treatment of Kerala, a basically cooling treatment, is considered very effective in the case of various psychosomatic disorders.

The process involves a gentle massage to the head of the patient, made to sit in a comfortable position, with specially prepared medicated oil. An herbal paste is applied over the scalp. The paste is then covered with leaves (plantain or lotus leaf) and cloth. At the end of the procedure, the paste is removed followed by a gentle massage to the head. Tharpanam treatment in Kerala, has acquired great importance by using rich traditional herbs and ointments.

Tharpanam or Tharpan means retention of medicines over the eyes. In this form of medication, the eyes are bathed in medicated oil for 2-10 minutes. The patient is laid on his/her back on a droni and a paste of black gram mixed with lukewarm water that’s prepared in a receptacle and then the medicated oil is poured into the eyes.

Duration of the treatment: 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the condition.


  • Corrects imbalance of pitta Dosha
  • Relaxes and calms down the mind; has a soothing effect on the body
  • Stabilizes the nervous system
  • Activates the Marma (vital areas) points
  • Relieves stress, tension, heaviness of the head
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Improves memory
  • Relaxes and nourishes the head and neck region.

Where Applicable

Thalapothichil is considered an effective remedy in cases of

  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic headaches like migraines
  • Certain types of Insanity
  • Epilepsy
  • Certain skin diseases of scalp like dermatitis of scalp, dandruff, hair loss
  • Premature greying of hair
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Anxiety, depression
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