In Thalapothichil, various medicinal herbs selected according to dosha predominance is made into a paste and applied to the scalp for 30 to 45 minutes. The healing properties of the herbs also calm down the nervous system and rejuvenates the person. The duration and the herbs used are decided by the doctors depending on the type of disease, age, body constitution of the person etc.
This treatment is renowned for its ability to heal problems related to the head and neck regions. Alzheimer's disease, migraine, certain psychosomatic diseases, headache, insomnia, mental illness, hyper tension, hair fall, premature graying and other problems to the hair and scalp etc. are some of the most common ailments treated using this method.