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Mahamasha Thailam Benefits, How To Use, Side Effects, Ingredients

Mahamasha thailam is one of the powerful Ayurveda oil, widely used for many neurological conditions. Masha means black gram, which is the main ingredient of this oil. It is used both for external and internal administration. It contains a non veg ingredient. 


Mahamasha thailam benefits: 

  • It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of Paralysis, Palsy, facial palsy.
  • It is used to treat deafness, tinnitus. For this, it is either used to instill a few drops directly into ear or by internal administration.
  • It helps to relieve stiffness and pain in locked jaw.
  • It relieves headache, eye diseases.
  • It is helpful to relieve pain of multiple joint aches and pains pertaining to hands, legs, head, neck.
  • It is used in lumbar and cervical spondylosis treatment.
  • It is also used to relieve pain due to blunt injuries, and in treatment of rheumatoid and osteo arthritis.
  • It is used in Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, and such other neurological problems.
  • It is used to relieve headache and migraine.
  • It is one of the best massage oils to relieve tiredness and for elderly people.
  • It is administered orally and as nasya oil in treating frozen shoulder.
  • In hypertension, it is applied over forehead and head with gentle massage.
  • Useful in intercostal neuropathy
  • Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains
  • Bursitis,  
  • Bursitis trochanterica,
  • Shoulder dislocation pain
  • Diabetic neuropathy, freezing of feet, lack of stability while walking & dizziness.
  • Varicose veins, osteo arthritis

Application on feet

Oil application over feet

Precaution if you apply this oil over feet:
If you apply this oil on feet, make sure to wash off thoroughly with water or wipe off with cloth. The oil can make you slippery while walking.
After applying, make sure there are no oil spills on the floor. This can make the floor slippery.


Mahamash oil, Mahamash tail, Mahamasha tailam

Mode of Usage

For internal administration: Please look into the label of the oil. If the label contains instruction like ‘Used for external application only’ then the oil is not good for internal administration.
If the oil is prepared as per the formula and without use of preservatives, it is good for internal administration.
Internally, it is used for oral administration and also for Basti Panchakarma therapy (Oil Suppository treatment).


For oral administration the usual dosage is – 5 – 10 drops once or two times a day before food with hot water or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.

Externally it is used in all types of oil treatments like Massage, Dhara treatment, Shirovasti etc.

Side effects

There are no known side effects with this oil. People with diabetes, hypercholestrolemia and high BP should exercise precaution while taking orally.


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.

In case of shaky hands, Parkinson’s disease:
It is used for massage and also as nasal drops – Nasya therapy.


AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd
Vaidyaratnam Oushadhalaya
Nagarjuna – Mahaamaasha Thailam

Usage in proprietary Ayurvedic medicines:
Mahamash tel is used as oil base to prepare liniments and herbal pain relieving oils such as Dazzle oil

Contents, Ingredients, Reference

Mahamasha thailam ingredients: 
Masha (black gram) – Phasleolus Mungo – 1.536 kg
Dashamoola – group of ten herbs – together – 2.4 kg. They are –
Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Gambhari – Gmelina arborea
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prinshnaparni – Urarica picta
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Chaga mamsa – goat meat – 1.44 kg
water – 12.288 liters
The above mixture is boiled together and reduced to 3.072 liters.  Some companies boil goat meat and rest herbal mixture separately and then add both together.
This kashayam is added with
Tila taila – oil of Sesamum indicum – 768 ml
Cow milk – 3.072 liters
Paste made with 12 grams of each of fine powders of following herbs –
Atmagupta – Mucuna pruriens
Urubaka – Castor root – Ricinus communis
Shatahva  – Anethum sowa
Lavana Traya – group of three salts – Rock salt, sochal salt, common salt.
Jeevaneeya group of herbs
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Chavya – Piper chaba
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Katphala – Myrica nagi
Vyosha – Trikatu – Pepper, long pepper and ginger
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
Madhuka – Licorice – GLycyrrhiza glabra
Saindhava – rock salt
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Amruta – Tinospora cordifolia
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Vajigandha – Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Shati – Hedychium spicatum
All these are boiled together to prepare herbal oil.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali – Vatavyadhi Prakarana – 26/570-577

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

Mahamasha tel

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. 

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

43 thoughts on “Mahamasha Thailam Benefits, How To Use, Side Effects, Ingredients”

  1. Can it be used for spinal cord injury…traumatic dislocation C5- C6 level…now the patient is quadriplegic..thank you

  2. Is Mahamasha taila kapha and vata shamak ? Its vata shamak properties are known but don’t know whether it is kapha shamak also.

    • Fine mam.Then give your own suggestion about this problem.because when i look at it i really get afraid of..will it get cured completely in ayurvedic medicines?and time period?? or otherwise surgery is required??..suggest me the best treatment methods mam..

  3. can we use mahamash tail (niramish) manufactured by baidyamath company as matra basti?? it is labelled as “poison” in the package.

  4. Whether dhanvantram kshirbala mahamasha tailam combination is useful for spondly paìn in c5 6 with dislocation cv junction 7.8 mm pl reply thxs

  5. I recently bought your book in kindle edition LIVING EASY WITH AYURVEDA..
    Very excellent work .. and its very useful for me. I’m a Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapist. And I m having a doubt that I saw a Thailam called LINGAVARDHANA THAILAM manufactured by AVP. In some other websites there is no much details about this oil. Can you explain me about this product as like as your other articles.

  6. can we use this mahamasa tail for hand tremors, ayurveda doctor prescribed me ksheerbala 101 capsules. is it correct to take ksheerbala 101 capsules for hand tremors.

      • Thank you for the elaboration doctor.. I want to meet you personally.. Can you tell me please where to meet. Thank you.

  7. Can this be used for ringing in ears and fluid imbalance? Can it be used for weakness and head massage for internal head injuries?if so dosage please .

  8. I think most of the companies skip the meat ingredient in this.
    I do not have the list of manufacturers with veg only versions of it.
    There are other options with similar effect such as balaswagandhadi taila

  9. Divine soul, which oil is substitute for mahamasha oil for matra basti . We are pure vegeterians. It contains non-veg content.

  10. My son is diplegia and he has muscle stiffness and contraction in hand and legs , can this be used to relax the muscles . He is 15 yr and is now trying to walk

  11. can Mahamash taila be used externally in case of disc degenearation/ black disc changes. How far is it helpful if not any other suggestions for this case please? Thanks in advance


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