Gandha Thailam Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference

Gandha Thailam is a famous Ayurvedic medicine used in treatment of Arthritis, fractured bones and weak bones. It is taken internally. Gandha Thailam capsules are also available, which helps in easy oral administration. 


Gandha Thailam Benefits: 
It is mainly targeted towards improving bone mass and strength.
It is useful in the treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis, Fracture,
Joint dislocation such shoulder dislocation
It helps to improve strength of bones, joints and ligaments.
It is also used in the treatment of ligament injuries.
Useful in improving hair growth. Because it supports the Asthi Dhatu – bone tissue, Hair is related with Asthi, hence it is useful to promote hair growth.
Useful in sacroilitis and sciatica, sprained muscles, ligaments
It is used for treating torn ligaments such as ACL
Useful in lumbar and cervical spondylosis, slipped disc, calcaneal spur,
Road traffic accidental injuries.
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains
Bursitis trochanterica,
Crushed bone injury

Effect on Dosha: 
Balances Vata and Pitta.


Gandha Thaila Dose: 
5 – 10 drops once or twice a day, usually administered before food with warm milk or warm water or suitable Kashayam, or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.

Dosage of Gandha Thailam capsule is – usually 2 capsules 2 times a day before food.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.


In this herbal oil, the herbs are infused in the medium of sesame oil along with herb water decotion. Then the solid waste herb materials are filtered out. Thus, this oil contains oil soluble and water soluble phyto-active principles of medicinal herbs.

Method of preparation

Sesame seeds are tied into a bundle in a cloth, allowed to stay in flowing water for seven days. Then it is soaked in milk and decoction of madhuka (Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra) daily and dried in shade. This is continued for seven days. Once again it is soaked in milk, removed from its husk and powdered, it is then mixed with fine power of herbs – from (Nalada to Eladi Gana herbs listed above), and macerated with milk.
Then herbal oil is cooed with above drugs, added with paste of group of herbs (from Shaileya to Durva listed above), milk and oil.


Ashtanga Hrudayam Uttara Sthana 27/36 – 41 – Bhanga Pratishedha Adhyaya


Gandha Tailam Ingredients: 
Sesame seeds – Sesamum indicum
Cow Milk
Madhuka – Licorice – Glyzyrrhiza glabra
Nalada – Vetiveria zizanioides
Valaka – Coleus vettiveroides
Lohitayashtika – Robia cordifolia
Nakha – Naguna (?)
Mishi – Anethum sowa
Plava – Cyperus rotundus
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Balatraya -Bala – Sida cordifolia
Atibala – Abutilon indicum
Mahabala – Grewia populifolia
Aguru – Aquilaria agallocha
Kumkuma – Crocus sativus
Chandana – Sandalwood – Santalum album
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
Sarala – Pinus roxburghii
Sarjarasa – Vateria indica
Maradaru – Cedrus deodara
Padmakadi Gana – Group of herbs explained as Padmakadi Gana
Eladi Gana  – Group of herbs explained as Eladi group
Shaileya – Parmelia perlata
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
Amshumati – Desmodium gangeticum
Kaseruka – Scirpus grossus
Kalanusari – Polyalthia longifolia
Nata – Lobelia nicotianaefolia
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala
Rodhra – Symolocos racemosa
Ksheerashukla – Kakoli – Roscoea purpurea
Durva – Cynodon dactylon

Shloka Sanskrit Verse

Gandha tailam


AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd. – This company also manufactures a soft gel capsule called as Zeotone capsule which is used for strengthening bone and osteoporosis.
AVP, Kottakkal
Nagarjuna – Gandha Thailam


Q: Does Gandha tailam help in dental caries and to regrow enamel?
Gandha tailam is traditionally used in treating fractures, osteo arthritic joints etc. – It improves Asthi dhatu (bone tissue).
Teeth is also a product of Asthi dhatu. Hence, oil pulling (or gargling) with Gandha tailam for 10 minutes per day, in the morning should be helpful in improving tooth decay and regrow enamel.
Along with this, oral intake of Gandha tailam – 5 drops, once or twice a day, for 2 months time is also equally beneficial.

Does it increase Vitamin D in the body?
No. It does not supplement body with Vitamin D.

Can patients with peptic ulcers use this medicine for arthritis?
Yes. it does not worsen peptic ulcers or gastritis. For them, it is best to take this medicine after food.

Before food or after food?
This medicine can be used before or after food. Usually the gap between meals and this medicine is 15 minutes.

Is it used for external application?
No. It is used for oral administration.
Does it increase cholesterol?
No. It can be taken by people with high blood cholesterol levels.
Does it promote hair growth?
It improves the strength of bone tissue. Hair is told as a by-product of bone tissue so it is useful to promote hair strength and growth.

Can Gandha Thailam be used for stiffness of fingers?

During pregnancy, lactation

If you were using this oil before pregnancy without any allergic reaction, you can continue using this oil even during pregnancy.
If you have not used this product before and wish to use it during pregnancy, better to consult a doctor because it can cause skin allergy in some rare cases.
It is generally considered as safe to use during lactation, however consult your doctor for the right advice.

Can this product be applied after steam therapy?
No. Oil is best applied before steam therapy. This is as per basic Ayurvedic principles. 

Differences – Yogaraja guggulu

What is the difference between Gandha tailam and Yogaraj guggulu? They both are used for treating arthritis, weak bones and joints.

Gandha tailam is specific to build back the eroded bones, joints and ligaments. It also soothes down the nerve irritation and hence relieves pain associated with arthritis, knee joint and backache.

Yogaraja guggulu largely helps in pain and swelling reduction. To a lesser extent, it also rejuvenates the discs, reduces nerve irritation and improves joint movement by relieving stiffness.
Some doctors prescribe Gandha tailam along with Yogaraja guggulu to counter neck pain, stiffness and at the same time to rejuvenate the discs and reverse spondylosis changes.
Read more about Yograj Guggul here


A clinical research has been conducted on Gandha thailam. For this study, 51 subjects suffering with osteoporosis were administered with gandha tailam oil. The research study revealed that Gandha tailam improved Bone Mineral Density, and reduced serum osteocalcin, indicating that Gandha tailam acts as an inhibitor of bone resorption. It helps to retain the bulk of the bone mass, denying the bone degeneration.(1)

94 thoughts on “Gandha Thailam Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference”

  1. Hello Dr.Hebbar,

    I am having tennis elbow in both forearms for over a year since i injured them in gym more so the right forearm.The pain has lessened but hasn’t gone completely and keeps coming back intefering in my daily activities.

    After reading your articles I have started this line of treatment few days before

    Gandha thailam 2 caps twice a day before food
    Vaidyaratnam lakshadi guggul 2 tablets twice a day
    Massage with Valiya narayan thailam at night

    Please tell me whether these medicines are good enough for curing my tennis elbow or should I change anything.I want to completely cure my pain not just mask it kindly help me out.


  2. sir, i am using mahatiktam kwatham tablet, gandha thailam capsule , anna bhedi sinduram capsule, c-health granules and neelibhringhadi for thinning hair does it usefull ? or do i need to take any other medicine ?

  3. Hi Doctor, I had an ankle fracture and was taking allopathic treatment. I had cast for 6 weeks, its was removed a week back. However I am still not able to walk without any support. I feel my feet is very stiff and cannot hold body weight while walking. Though X-ray says the fracture almost cured (90%), my leg is still swelling. Somebody suggested me to apply Gandha tailam externally. Will it help ? As I read it suppose to be taken orally. If this can be applied externally can you please suggest the dosage and method ? I got a 10 ml bottle from kottakal but no usage note with the pack. Please help me

  4. Thanks a lot doctor . This is for my fracture in Tibia with 4 cm bone loss and now on illizarov frame. Have been taking this combination from a year now. But only cissus before breakfast and other after . Hope taking it for this long is not a problem .

  5. Hi Dr,
    My father is a heart patient whom has previously undergone bypass. Is it safe for him to consume ghanda tailam together with his heart related medications? Thank you in advance.

  6. Hi Doctor,
    My MRI report mentions ACL Complete Tear of my Right Knee Joint. It was 9 months back that this Happened.Can the ACL be fully recovered with the ‘Gangh Tailam’.

  7. Sorry for the direct question, but it would help if you could clarify whether is actually prescribed in some ayurveda text for improving teeth health. Or is the oil pulling suggestion a guess based on the constituents of this oil?

  8. Hi doctor.
    I am now trying to treat an infectious field: worms and herpes.
    But i have also weak teeth.
    Should i wait before taking gandha tailam?

    Thank you.

  9. I have supraspinatus tendon high grade partial tear at footprint Also minimal glenohumeral joint effusion with subacromial subdeltoid bursitis
    Will Gandh tail softgel help?
    How many days should I wait for results to avoid surgery ?

  10. Have slight knee pain.Ayurvedic doctor said it is due to reduction of a liquid which acts like shock absorber.happened due to overuse as I used to trek western ghats a lot.she prescribed gandha tailam before breakfast and lunch.arthoven after breakfast lunch dinner.prolege plus after breakfast and this fine?

  11. hello dr, hebbar.

    i am 46 yrs old and have thyriod. also having backpain and leg pain. a friend of mine told me about gandha tailam, so i started taking it. i noticed i get gas and bloating which had been my problem also. is it safe to take this medicines for thyriod patents. pls advice.



  12. Hi Doctor, I have mild wrist pain and joint pain due to long duration bike travel everyday. A doctor suggested that I use ostikot tablet + gandha tailam tablet. And application of ksirabala21. Is this combination okay?..I also have anal fissure and constipation..will ostikot and gandhatailam affect constipation?


  13. Sir a vaidya friend of mine advised these ayurvedic medicines for neck pain ,back pain, numbmess limbs dur to cervical spondilysis and family history of osteoporosis…Spondylon capsules ,yogaraja guggulu, gandha tailam, ayurvedic calcium tablets calciactiv. Is this combination useful. Sir I took it for a month and i had quite good results. can it be continued for 1 more month Dr hebbar . how long this combination should be taken according to you ?Thank you and namaste .

    • The dosage is calcium + gandha tailam capsule (1 tablet each only 1 time in a day ) . Yograja and spondylon (1 tablet twice a day). Do they cause any type.of side effects like allopathic pain killers and calcium tablets?

  14. Dear Dr,
    My mother have inflammation on knees . she have this problem for 6 years.she is a diabetic patient. Is Gandhathailam suitable for her ? The alopathic doctors saying that, this disease can’t cure, only we can control it . is that correct. Sorry for my bad English.

  15. Sir, Since a long time after I pulled a heavy bar before one year I feel a tendon on wrist is being contracted when I curl in my small finger.Can gandha thailam help to relieve that problem.Please help..

  16. I recently developed pain in my right thigh, the pain is mostly on the outside, but sometimes on the front and inside of the thigh. It gets worse when I am driving or when I sit for a long time. The pain on the inside becomes more pronounced if I sit cross legged. I was told it could be Meralgia Paresthetica. I had been previously diagnosed as being prediabetic. Not sure if this new pain my thighs is due to diabetic neuropathy or it is sciatica. Will gandha thailam be helpful to take? Thanks in advance.

  17. Hello Doctor,
    Ten days back, I had a GR-III ACL tear and Meniscus tear. I don’t want to undergo surgery. Still bit selling is there. I have been advised by a one of the Ayurveda shop owner to apply a mixture of Gandha Thailam and Murivenna Thailam (from Kottakkal) on the knee to heal the tears. How effective it would be and is this the right procedure of applying these oils?


  18. Sir
    My father’s doctor prescribed the following medicines for his leg pain.
    Gandha thailam
    Sahacharadi kwatham
    Sir, he is a heart patient and also his Criyatinin level is high. Please give me reply… Is there any problem

  19. Maharasandi kwatham + ashtavargam kwatham + Gandhi tailam. Is t good for ankylosing spondylitis ? And also does it reduce esr levels ?

  20. Sir, my friend have severe pain on left knee. Now she is taking gandhataila with rasna erandadi kashayam and sallaki got some relief. But there is stiffness after taking gandhataila.. Is any problem.. No external oils are used.. Can she use kottamchukkadi oil for stiffness.. Thanku in advance

  21. Hello, I had recently fractured my ankle bone and I have been under natural oil treatment. I had been advised my one of my Ayurveda doctor to take gandha thailam but due to unavailability he gave me tablets of ksheeraguloochi. I want to how is effect of both the tablets over our body.

  22. Does this promote weight loss? What should be taken to promote weight loss? Since I eat less food and also do daily exercise still only my facial fat reduces and nothing else. Help me

  23. hi doctor
    i ask you a question about ganda 10 mm…need to take how many before meals ?

    1 or 2 right?

    all thé bottle ?


  24. Dear Sir
    My daughter is having scoliosis is gandham tailam capsules is effective for her to prevent surgery

  25. Could you use gandha tailam in postpartum care? with abhyanga externally and internal for healing after a difficult birth..


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