Thalapothichil is a special procedure of application of medicated paste on the head. Thalapothichil is also called as Shirolepa (anointment to head/ head pack).Thalapothichil is from Malayalam where thala refers to head and pothichil is covering. It is the traditional Ayurveda treatment of Kerala which is very effective in various psychosomatic disorders. Basically Thalapothichil is cooling treatment.
Insomnia, Psychiatric Diseases.Ingredients:- Powders(Choorna) of Amalaki(Gooseberry), Musta, Kushmanda, Mandukaparni, Brahmi, Panchaganda Choorna.
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 lustre and smoothness of hair.
Relaxes, rejuvenates and nourishes the head and neck region.
Thalapothichil is indicated in:-
-Insomnia and sleep disorders.
-Chronic headaches like migraines.
-Burning sensation of the body.
-Certain skin diseases of scalp like dermatitis of scalp, dandruff, hair loss.
-Premature graying of hair.
-Certain types of Insanity.
Patient is allowed to sit comfortably(It is advised to remove hair to get a full fledged effect).Patient is massaged on the head with lukewarm oil and mild fomentation is given.Above the level of Ears and Eye brows a cloth is tied around the head.Then the paste that is already prepared by mixing powders of (Choorna) of Amalaki(Gooseberry), Musta, Kushmanda, Mandukaparni, Brahmi, Panchaganda Choorna with Buttermilk is pasted thickly on the Scalp.It should be paste in such a order that paste is first applied on the front followed by Right side, followed by Back side, followed by left side so that a small central portion is left unpasted. Now Oil for Thala is poured to this Central portion.With the mentioned leaf, paste is covered completely and after covering the paste with leaf another cloth strand is tied above this leaf to keep it in position.This paste should be kept for a Duration of 30 – 60min, after the stipulated time period paste should be completely removed and Rasnadi Choorna(Rasnadi Powder) is applied over the Vertex.