In Shirobasti, a long leather cap, open at the top, is fitted around the patient's head. Through this opening, medicated oil at a moderate temperature is poured on to the head. The oil is retained for a specific period.
This procedure is highly useful in trigiminal neuralgia, hemicrania, optic atrophy, otalgia, deafness, facial paralysis and all disorders affecting cranial nerves.
The treatment takes around 30 to 60 minutes (or till the symptoms of proper administration of shirobasti occur), depending on the ailment. It is administered on 5 to 7 consecutive days