Ayurveda is a system of preventive medicine and health care that developed in India more than 5,000 years ago. The word Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit root words: Ayur, or “life,” and Veda, meaning “knowledge” or “science.” Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda treatment that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead (the ‘third eye’). It was developed by vaidyas (practitioners of Ayurveda) in India for use in sukhachikitsa (restorative therapy) and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shiras ‘head’ and dhara ‘flow’. The liquids used in shirodhara depend on what is being treated and what is the Dosha type of the person being treated, but can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water.