Tuesday, October 16, 2018

WhatsApp `Delete For All` feature gets major update; Here`s what Recipient Limit change means

WhatsApp had introduced `Delete For All` feature last year. Earlier, WhatsApp users were not allowed to delete a sent message beyond 420 seconds or 7 minutes. WhatsApp had advanced this time limit to 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

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WhatsApp has updated the Recipient Limit. In a tweet, WABetaInfo said that this update means that when you try to delete a message for everyone and the recipient doesn't get the revoke request within 13 hours 8 minute and 16 seconds, then the message will not be revoked. This can happen when the recipient's phone is switched off. The latest update is being seen as a protection against modded users (those who use modified version of the app) who used to revoke messages sent months, weeks or years ago. 

"WhatsApp has updated the "Recipient limit". What does it mean? If you delete a message for everyone, but the recipient won't receive the revoke request within 13h, 8m, 16s (maybe because the phone was off), the message will **not** be revoked. This is a protection against modded users that revoked messages sent weeks, months and years ago," tweeted WABetaInfo. 

"You can still delete a message for everyone within 1h, 8m, 16s as long as the recipient will receive your revoke request within 13h, 8m, 16s," it added. 

WhatsApp 'Delete for All' feature

WhatsApp had introduced "Delete For All' feature last year. Earlier, WhatsApp users were not allowed to delete a sent message beyond 420 seconds or 7 minutes. WhatsApp had advanced this time limit to 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds. 

In March this year, WhatsApp had introduced 'Block revoke request' feature to curb misuse of 'Delete for All' option. WABetaInfo had then said that the 'Block revoke request' feature worked in the background of the then new beta version of the app to stop users with modded version of the app from deleting sent messages long after the deadline. The feature worked by checking the ID for a saved message on the database when a request to delete a message was received. Only the message sent in the last 24 hours was deleted. This meant, no one could delete messages older than 24 hours while using a modified version of the app. 

The app checked whether the message was sent in the last 24 hours as the sender could try to delete a message for everyone but the recipient's phone might be turned off. If the receiver switched on their phone after 24 hours, the revoke request was invalidated and the message could not be deleted. This time is now reduced to 13 hours, 8 minute and 16 seconds.

In March this year, WhatsApp had introduced 'Block revoke request' feature to curb misuse of 'Delete for All' option. WABetaInfo had then said that the 'Block revoke request' feature worked in the background of the then new beta version of the app to stop users with modded version of the app from deleting sent messages long after the deadline. The feature worked by checking the ID for a saved message on the database when a request to delete a message was received. Only the message sent in the last 24 hours was deleted. This meant, no one could delete messages older than 24 hours while using a modified version of the app. 

The app checked whether the message was sent in the last 24 hours as the sender could try to delete a message for everyone but the recipient's phone might be turned off. If the receiver switched on their phone after 24 hours, the revoke request was invalidated and the message could not be deleted. This time is now reduced to 13 hours, 8 minute and 16 seconds.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Microsoft confirms audio problems on Windows 10, offers fix

News of audio problems on Windows 10 surfaced online yesterday and Microsoft has today acknowledged the reports. First and foremost, Microsoft’s Windows 10 cumulative update is technically not the cause of the audio problems that you might have faced.
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It appears that a botched Intel driver was incorrectly pushed out via Windows Update earlier this week.

After installing the update, the users received an error “No Audio output is installed” on Windows 10 October 2018 Update and April 2018 Update devices.

The issue has hit several users and they reported the bug on Microsoft Community forums, Twitter and Reddit. The complaints from users point to an Intel audio driver that Microsoft has advised to uninstall.

Microsoft says it’s all happening because of a bad driver that was accidentally served via Windows Update to some devices. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix as all you need to do is uninstall the botched driver and your audio will be back.

“An Intel audio driver was incorrectly pushed to devices via Windows Update for a short period of time earlier this week. After receiving reports from users that their audio no longer works, we immediately removed it and started investigating,” Microsoft explains in a blog post. “If your audio broke recently, and you’re running Windows 10 version 1803 or above, please check to see if the incorrect driver was installed”.

Here’s how you can uninstall the driver:
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  • Open Device Manager (You can search it in Cortana or just right-click Start menu button and select the option).
  • Look for something like “Intel SST Audio Controller” (Intel Smart Sound Technology driver version
  • Right-click the device, tap on Properties and click uninstall device option under the “Driver” tab” as shown in the above screenshot.

If you’re still experiencing audio problems on your PC, you can try another workaround here that worked for almost everyone.

How Microsoft is dealing with the reported issues
Microsoft has already acknowledged the bug and the company has pulled the driver from Windows Update and it won’t reach any other device. According to Microsoft, the users experienced the broken audio driver problem on Windows 10 April 2018 Update and as well as the October 2018 Update.

At the moment, Microsoft is busy finalizing a bug-free version of Windows 10 October 2018 Update which could be re-released to the consumers again later this month.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Patch Now Giving Blue Screen of Death Issues, Some Users Report

  • Some users have reported BSOD issues after latest patch
  • HP-branded devices are hitting a Blue Screen of Death
  • Reddit and Twitter users have been reporting about the issue

Microsoft, earlier this week, said that all known issues in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update have been identified and fixed. It also started re-releasing the key update. However, following the Windows 10 update file deletion problem, Microsoft appears to be facing yet another major issue. Some users are now reporting that Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors after installing the latest KB4464330 (Windows 10 1809 Build 17763.55) update on their desktops and laptops. Notably, the problem seems to mostly affect HP users.

After some users complained that installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been wiping their data, Microsoft last week paused the availability of the update (version 1809). Later, the company released Windows 10 KB4464330 for October 2018 Update devices with fixes and improvements. However, now it appears that there is a bug that is causing BSOD on a number of computers. According to some reports, the patch for Windows 10 October 2018 Update is causing BSOD on HP workstations and computers.

As per a post on a Microsoft forum, an HP EliteDesk 800 G3 machine refused to boot after installing the cumulative update. Meanwhile, in another post on the forum, a user reported that the patch has hit several computers in their organisation and is causing a Blue screen. Some Twitter and Reddit users have also reported about the issue via their accounts.

Notably, most of the users are reporting an error called 'WDF_Violation' that refers to the Windows Driver Framework. As per a comment on a BleepingComputer report, a user said, "KB4462919 BSODs all HP workstations we tested on so far. Can't do system restore, recovery point, etc. Have to reimage. Don't kick this out until it gets revised or you fully test. All BSOD shows Stop Code: WDF VIOLATION." Interestingly, one HP user on the previously mentioned Microsoft forum post claimed that deleting an HP driver called 'HpqKbFiltr.sys' resolved the WDF Violation successfully. The same solution was reiterated by a Twitter user. According to the discussions of the issue, it has been suggested that KB4464330 conflicts with the HP keyboard driver file HpqKbFiltr.sys and renaming the file to HpqKbFiltr.sys.bak is being floated as a fix.

However, some Reddit users reported that either the driver is absent on their system, or deleting the drive does not resolve the issue. Also, according to a post on the Microsoft forums, a Microsoft support agent allegedly told a caller that the issue is also affecting other systems such as Dell and that the update has been paused till further investigation.

As of now, there is no clarity on whether the Windows 10 cumulative update is the main cause of the issue or if there is a compatibility issue with the driver and the update. As per the BleepingComputer report, Microsoft has issued a statement saying, "We're aware of reports and looking into the matter further." There have been no comments from HP so far.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Download: Google Home app with new Material Theme redesign

We’ve been closely following Google’s rollout of the new Material Theme UI. So far, it has been added to a plethora of Google apps, including Android Messages, Calendar, Google Photos, and more. The latest app to get this redesign is Google Home, and it also comes with a complete reorganization of the app for smart home devices. This new focus on smart home control goes along with new features on the recently announced Google Home Hub.


The app has the usual touch of updated fonts and icons to go with the Material Theme UI. However, the bigger story here is the smart home focus. The main page now shows all the devices in your smart home. At the top, you have a few shortcuts called “Quick Actions.” Google automatically generates these, but they can be customized. All the devices are then organized by room underneath. This makes it much easier to use the Google Home app as a controller for your smart home. The controls have the new UI we saw recently in Google Assistant.

Another big feature is the ability to add people to your smart home. Previously, other household members had to independently add smart devices to their account. Now, all of the smart home stuff can be shared with other members of the household. The update is rolling out right now in the Play Store. You can also download Google Home from APK Mirror right now.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10 Possible Ways to Make Your Sexual Life More Sexier

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You're not quite sure how — or when — it happened. You used to have so much fun in bed, but suddenly your sex life just isn't what it used to be. By 11 p.m. you're more interested in The Daily Show than in a steamy session with your guy. Even when you do work up the energy, sex feels so...predictable. The excitement, even the passion, are MIA.

The thing is, you like sex — a lot. And you love your partner. So what gives? "There are all kinds of emotional barriers to having good sex, from poor body image to boredom," says sex therapist Laura Berman, PhD, director of the Berman Center in Chicago and author of The Passion Prescription. "The good news is that you can get beyond them and reconnect with your sensuality."

Ready to light your fire? These moves will make sex hotter, happier, and just plain sexier.

1. Like yourself naked.
Women who have the best sex lives feel good about their bodies, says Joy Davidson, PhD, a sex therapist in New York City and the author of Fearless Sex. "They see themselves as strong and sexy." Unfortunately, according to Berman, up to 80 percent of women in the United States suffer from a negative body image. "Typically, when a woman looks at herself, her eyes go straight to her problem areas," says Berman. "She carries that feeling into the bedroom, and when her partner's kissing her thighs, she's busy thinking, 'God, I'm so fat!'" To boost your body confidence, give yourself a reality check. The next time you're at the store or in the gym, take a look around you at all the attractive women who are a variety of shapes and sizes. Remind yourself: There is no one ideal. Then ask your partner what he loves about your body, and write it down. Read the list every morning. Finally, compliment yourself. At least once a week, stand in front of the mirror naked and focus on your favorite features — your toned arms, your firm butt, your gorgeous breasts. Touch each part and say aloud what you like about it — this will help to reinforce your feelings, says Berman.

2. Make the mind-body connection.
Think about those moments in your life when you feel completely in tune with your body. Maybe it's after you finish a long run — your blood is pumping and you're relaxed and exhilarated. Or perhaps it's when you do yoga and achieve a mind-body meld. Chances are, this doesn't happen often enough. "When a woman has a negative self-image, she tends to disconnect from how her body feels," says Berman. To reestablish the bond, do something that makes you feel good in your skin at least once a day — treat yourself to a massage, go apple picking with your kids, wear the jeans that give you an ego boost the minute you slide them on. "Whenever you're tuned in to your body and what it's capable of, you're naturally more sensual," says Davidson.

3. Swear off sex.
It's extreme, yes, but highly effective. That's because when you tell yourself you can't have something, you want it even more. The same is true in the bedroom — especially if you and your partner have been together for a while and sex has become automatic. Instead of focusing on the end game, learn to enjoy the sensuality of sex. Tease yourself — and him. Get undressed, dim the lights and take turns exploring each other's bodies. "When you're the one doing the touching, concentrate on communicating love and sensuality to your partner," says Berman. "When you're on the receiving end, let yourself feel the sensations of each and every stroke. This will help you reconnect with each other on a whole new level." Not only that but by the time you're done, you'll be so excited you'll barely be able to stand it. Hold off (if you can!) for a night or two, to let the anticipation build.

4. Add a few thrills.
After a few years together, it's easy to get lazy in bed. But you both deserve better. "If you don't put energy into your relationship, you won't get energy out of it," says Davidson.

Research shows that new and adventurous activities may stimulate the brain to produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in sexual desire. Do something daring outside the bedroom and dopamine levels may skyrocket — along with your sex drive. Challenge your guy to a heart-pounding activity like rock climbing or white-water rafting. "Experiencing something new and exhilarating together helps replicate that feeling you had in the beginning of your relationship when you couldn't get enough of each other," says Berman.

5. Tell him how to turn you on.
"Men want to be your knight in shining armor when it comes to sex — they're eager for you to tell them what feels good," says Berman. "The problem is, so many women are out of touch with their bodies they have no idea what to say." Help him, and yourself, by showing him what turns you on. Put your hand on top of his and guide him in how you want to be touched — including how much pressure to use. When you're ready to move on to oral sex, or to bring in a few sex toys, speak up. "This is the only way he's going to know what works for you," says Berman.

6. Change your routine.
When you're stressed out, it's impossible to feel sexy. That's because when a woman experiences chronic tension, her body produces higher levels of oxytocin, a chemical that cancels out the effects of the sex hormone testosterone. As a result, your libido takes a nosedive. Recharge your sexual batteries by doing things that let you break free from your hectic everyday life, says Berman. Play a CD that reminds you of your college days and sing along. Splurge on something you'd normally never buy — like platform pumps — and wear them for a girls' night out. When you're relaxed and feeling good about yourself, sex will start to seem within the realm of possibility again.

7. Make the first move.
A recent study at the University of Virginia found that the leading predictor of a woman's marital happiness was the level of her husband's emotional engagement. If you two are spending quality time together, you're happy. But when you're feeling disconnected, your relationship and your sex life suffer. Here's why: You need to feel close to him to be inspired to make love, and he often needs sex to feel close to you, explains Berman. How to break the stalemate? Make the first move, says Berman. "Do something simple like thanking him for taking out the trash. When you give him a little gratitude, it's a huge bonding moment for him." In response, he'll start tuning back in to what you need, and you'll be much more likely to want him in return.

8. Turn chores into foreplay.
Even in this enlightened age, women still spend about an hour more each day than men on household chores and childcare. No wonder we're not in the mood — we're tired! Research at the University of Washington shows that when men pitch in around the house, their wives are much more likely to be satisfied with the relationship and to want more sex. "All he needs to hear is that helping out is a form of foreplay," says Berman. The next thing you know, he'll be pushing past you to wipe the counter, change the kitty litter, and unload the dishwasher.

9. Leave your house.
You know it's good to escape — from work, the kids, the dust bunnies — and concentrate on each other. If you can't head off for the weekend, go out to dinner instead. But mix it up a little: Pick a place you've never been and order a dish you've never had. Better yet, visit him at work. Seeing him in a place that doesn't have anything to do with you will reveal a different side of him and reconnect you with the person you fell in love with. "You might see or learn something surprising that makes you view him in a sexier way," says Berman.

10. The secret to the best sex ever...
If you need another reason to exercise, consider this: Working out is a great way to boost your sex life. "It stimulates not only the body but the nervous system and the brain," says Davidson. "So you're more physiologically excited and more receptive to sex." Exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system, improves circulation, and gets blood flowing to all the right places. It also gets you in the mood by reducing stress and boosting your self-esteem. Working out gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment, says Berman. "When you do it consistently, it makes you feel good about yourself."

Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug

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Microsoft is re-releasing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update today, following the company pulling it offline due to data deletion issues over the weekend. The software giant says there were only a few reports of data loss, at a rate of one one-hundredth of one percent. “We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation,” says Microsoft’s John Cable, director of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery.

Microsoft is now re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, before rolling it out more broadly to consumers. “We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly,” explains Cable.

It appears the bug that caused file deletion was related to Windows 10 users who had enabled Known Folder Redirection to redirect folders like desktop, documents, pictures, and screenshots from the default location. Microsoft introduced code in its latest update to delete the empty and duplicate known folders, but it appears they weren’t always empty. Microsoft has developed fixes to address a variety of problems related to these folder moves, and these fixes are now being tested with Windows Insiders.

Speaking of Windows Insiders, Microsoft’s testing community did flag some of these issues ahead of the release. Microsoft appears to acknowledge this as the company is making some changes to the feedback tool for Windows 10 to ensure testers can flag the severity of bug reports. “We have added an ability for users to also provide an indication of impact and severity when filing User Initiated Feedback,” explains Cable. “We expect this will allow us to better monitor the most impactful issues even when feedback volume is low.”

Microsoft will now monitor feedback related to this re-released build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update and will officially launch it to consumers once the company is confident “that there is no further impact” to Windows 10 users. “We are committed to learning from this experience and improving our processes and notification systems to help ensure our customers have a positive experience with our update process,” says Cable.

30 Facts About Love That Will Make Your Heart Smile

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Though being in a relationship comes with its downsides, it's worth suffering through those melancholy moments just to reap the many benefits that love has to offer. At the end of the day, nothing is more rewarding than being in love—emotionally, of course, but even on a physical level. It has the capacity to reduce stress, speed the healing process, and even lengthen your lifespan. Herein, we've gathered some facts about love that will make you grateful for this warm and fuzzy emotion, despite how overwhelming it can be at times. And for relationship advice that will keep love in your life, check out the 30 Things You're Doing Right That Will Improve Your Marriage.

10 Simple Ways to Make Money Online

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Technology has managed to weave its way into every single aspect of our society, and we happen to think that’s a great thing. Like them or not, everyone knows the Kardashian family. Why? Because they have mastered the art of the social media world by quickly gaining the status of being influencers. Since their reach is wide and powerful, brands simply can’t resist them which has ultimately given them the capability to become successful across all platforms.

While the spotlight might not be for everyone, you can easily tap into the endless opportunities the online world has to offer. And by opportunities we mean money. The easiest way to get started? Creating your own stunning website, of course!
Here are 10 ways you can make money online:

01. Design websites
Whether it’s something you have professional experience in or you’re just a natural talent, designing websites can be an excellent source of income. Allow your creativity to help small businesses, friends and family increase their online presence. It’s easy to design websites with Wix, however, it does require a certain amount of time and an eye for design. That’s exactly where you come in. Is web design something you’re really passionate about? Consider becoming a Wix ambassador.

02. Write a blog
Not really into designing? Maybe writing is more your thing. If so, you should start a blog. It’s easier than ever, in fact, the hardest part is deciding which beautiful template you want to use. The wonderful thing about blogging is that you can write about absolutely anything. Anything that people would be interested in reading, that is. After some time, your blog will attract an audience and similar users that share the same interests as you. Once your blog starts to take off, that will be the perfect time to collaborate with your favorite blogging pal! Guest writing for each other is a great way for both of you to widen your audiences.

You’ll start to rake in some cash when you’ve established yourself as an online influencer. How exactly? Your blog will be prestigious real estate for your niche advertisers.

03. Write and sell an eBook
If blogging piqued your interest, then you just might have a passion for writing; creative writing. You should consider writing and selling an eBook. Whatever your choice of topic may be, use your eBook as a tool to tell your story, share your tips or words of wisdom. You could also extend your blog into an awesome eBook; we guarantee your fans will be excited. Thanks to the internet, you can skip those nerve-wracking pitch meetings with intimidating publishing houses. Get started by checking out our amazing writing templates.

04. Give your opinion. Get rewarded.
It may seem far out, but there are some companies that will pay you just for trying out a product or reviewing goods or services. Crazy, right? Well, it’s true and it can be very profitable for you. Check out companies like User Testing as an example. Credibility goes a long way in the online world which means brands are willing to pay a lot of money for your honest opinion.

05. Sell your things
We all have that bag under the bed. You know what we’re talking about. It’s full of clothes you don’t wear anymore, your lego collection and your original Barbies. You may have outgrown them but they are still too precious to toss out onto the street. Why not free up some space and make some decent money? Two birds, one stone. Just take some pics, determine the asking price and watch the offers come rolling in. Are you more of the creator (than a hoarder)? You can sell your crafty items that you make on your very own eCommerce site.

06. Sell your photos
If you’re a professional photographer (or even an amateur!) why not capitalize on your Wix Pro Gallery by selling your photos online? It may take some promotion and a little bit of patience, but being that the work is done for you, all you have to do is collect your payments.
In addition, companies like Shutterstock, iStockPhoto and Shutterfly will be more than willing to make use of your creative snaps.

07. Create video tutorials
If photographs aren’t your thing, maybe videos are. Vlogging, or video blogging, is all the rage right now. Starting a YouTube channel where you either review products or offer tutorials is another great way to make some money. You may require some editing skills (and good lighting), but once you’ve got a decent following you’ll slowly start to see the dough. How exactly does this work? Well, the more subscribers you have, the more likely it is that companies will send you products to review or pay you in exchange for product placement. You can also showcase and sell your videos on your website by using Wix Videos.

08. Provide personal teaching
Got a knack for numbers? Or perhaps you’re gifted enough to know multiple languages. Why not use these skills to your advantage and make some extra pocket money? You can create a website advertising your services and method of teaching. Depending on your students’ preferences, you can assist them online through Skype or Google Hangouts. This way, your costs are very low and your accessibility to a variety of different people is high. Prefer a more personal experience? Advertise yourself in your area, setting up a common place to meet like a local cafe. To increase your level of professionality (and organization skills) while keeping your customers happy, you can incorporate Wix Bookings onto your site. The online booking system allows your customers to schedule appointments directly on your site while also accepting payment online.

09. Rent out your home
You can learn a thing or two from Airbnb. A simple way to bring in the big bucks is through short term rentals. Everyone has that fortunate neighbor that jets off somewhere warmer for the winter. Why not partner up with them? It’s the perfect situation – your neighbor makes some extra cash while bthey’re gone and you collect a commission along the way. It’s a win-win really.
Be it an apartment, a guest room, or even just a pull-out couch, you can turn these spaces into a money-making machine! It’s all about finding the right contacts. With Wix Hotels you can create a listing of the place, manage bookings, accept payments (commission free, of course) and better yet, allow guests to book in their own language. Bonjour!

10. Become an affiliate marketer
Simply put, affiliate marketing is when a company advertises, through banners or links, on your page or website. If someone clicks through and eventually buys the product or service, you get a cut of the sale. Sounds good, right? Whichever avenue you may choose from the list above as your source of income, there’s a possibility to earn some cash through affiliate links. By the way, did you know that Wix has its own affiliate program? Check it out, we promise it’s worth it.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Microsoft Windows October 2018 update is reportedly deleting user files from PCs

A user claims that 220GB worth of data, which he collected in 23 years just, vanished from his Windows 10 system after the update.

This same issue was earlier seen in a few preview builds of the operating system under the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft has released the October 2018 update dubbed Redstone 5 for its Windows 10 operating system, which according to some user reports online, has deleted all the user files. They state that post-installation they could not find files inside their folders and found extra free storage space inside their drives.

A user took to the Microsoft support forum stating that 220GB worth of data, which he collected in 23 years just vanished from his system after making the update. Where he was advised, to rollback the PC to its last installation. But, that did not seem to work for him and the files remained missing.

This isn’t the only incident, Windows Central has spotted a growing Reddit thread for the same topic, with most of the users having similar complaints. Users have even said to have combed through all of their PCs hidden files and folders, to bear no fruit.

Source https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-news-technology/microsoft-windows-october-2018-update-is-apparently-deleting-user-files-from-pcs-5389498/lite/

Monday, October 01, 2018

Shirodhara — an Ayurvedic technique to help beat stress

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Wondering if you should get shirodhara treatment? Here are all your queries about the treatment answered.

Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing technique that literally translates into Shiras refering to ‘the head’ and dhara meaning ‘unbroken flow’ in sanskrit.

This ayurvedic therapy involves a stream of oil dropping over your head steadily to bring about an immense feeling of relaxation, calmness and stillness of the mind. Used for the the treatment of conditions such as headaches, nervous disorders, stress, migraines, insomnia and hypertension, shirodhara is based on the principle of invigorating the mind and bringing oneness in the body.

How is it done?

During the shirodhara you will be made to lie down on a wooden table called a Panchakarma table. As you lie down, a copper bowl containing medicated oil will be hung above your forehead. Before the stream of oil is started the practitioner will place a cloth over your eyebrows to prevent the flow of oil from entering the eyes and cotton balls dipped in cold rose water will be placed on your eyes to help you relax. The stream of oil is then started and is allowed to fall on the area of the forehead that corresponds to the particular type of treatment. This treatment is based on an analysis of your doshas and recognising which one is out of sync. The treatment usually lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes and you will be allowed to rest after the process.

Depending on the type of condition you are suffering from, the practitioner may choose to use medicated oil (usually sesame oil), milk or butter milk. Regardless of the presence of an illness, a practitioner may suggest undergoing this therapy once every few months for overall relaxation and relief from deep-seated stress.

How does it work?

When a constant stream of warm oil is poured over your forehead, it massages your head leading to more blood circulation to the brain and nervous system. The therapy works on the myomaya kosha or the mental sheath and invigorates the mind thereby calming it, the nerves and relieving other neurological conditions.

Benefits of shirodhara

Shirodhara is considered one of the most effective treatments to reduce stress and tension. It also helps to enhance blood circulation to the brain and thereby improve memory, nourishes the hair and scalp, helps beat insomnia and calms the mind and body.

Apart from that, shirodhara treatment is also known to help with:
  • nervous system related conditions such as facial palsy, paralysis, ptosis,
  • insomnia,
  • premature greying of hair,
  • burning of the eyes,
  • poor digestion and metabolism
  • Who should not undergo the treatment?
Most people can undergo this treatment but there are some cases where it is contraindicated. If you are pregnant, have had a recent neck injury, suffer from a cold, have a rash or an abrasion on your forehead, suffer from severe vata imbalance, anxiety, a brain tumor or are an alcoholic then shirodhara treatment is contraindicated.

Dos and don’ts before the treatment: 
  • Do not go for the treatment on a full stomach. It is suggested that you wait for a few hours after you have eaten, before you go for the treatment.  
  • Carry loose fitting and easily removable clothes. This is because most centers will ask you to change into the clothes they give you.
  • Do not go for the treatment when you have other things to do after the process. Since you will be asked to rest for a few hours after the treatment, a packed day will most likely undo all the benefits of the treatment. 
  • Carry a scarf that you don’t mind getting soiled. You will need to tie this scarf around your head as your hair will be extremely oil after a course of shirodhara treatment.