A method of padding or sponging with oil, Pichu is a rejuvenating and healing procedure in which a cloth or gauze pad soaked in warm medicated oil is placed on the affected areas such as painful joints, muscle spasm or on the crown of the head (Shiro Pichu). Medicated ghee (clarified butter) is used in certain conditions.
Shiro Pichu is one of the four main Murdhni Taila (head oil applications), the other three being Shiro Abhyanga, Shiro Dhara and Shiro Vasti. As the head houses several vital organs, these procedures in Ayurveda are aimed at protecting and fortifying this vital part of the physiology, to promote mental and physical wellbeing. This therapy has an extremely soothing and healing effect on the head and structures within. Your doctor will assess your condition and choose a medicated oil according to your Dosha and disease condition.