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

Gandharvahasthadi Thailam  is an Ayurvedic oil used in the treatment of  bloating, abdominal pain, etc. This oil is most commonly used in South Indian Ayurveda practice. Castor oil is used as base.  

Uses

It is used in the treatment of abscess, splenic disorders, Abdominal bloating, Oedema and inflammatory conditions of abdomen and ascites.
A harmless purgative. Cures body aches, back aches and other vata troubles by giving good motions.

Mode of Usage

It is used for internal administration. It is used as a general oral Ayurvedic medicine for daily use.  It is also used for internal administration in large dose during purgative Panchakarma therapy called Virechana.
The decision of its usage in Virechana is exclusively taken by Ayurvedic doctor.

Dose

As a regular Ayurvedic medicine, it is given in a dose of 5 – 10 drops once or twice a day, before food.
In Virechana, it is given in higher doses.
How long to use?
As a regular medicine in low doses, it can be used for a period of one month, based on your doctor’s advice. Do not use this for self medication.

Side Effects

Gandharvahasthadi castor oil side effects:
In higher doses, or in cases where it is wrongly administered, it may cause loose stools and diarrhea.
This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
It is best avoided in children, pregnant and lactating mother.

Principle

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.

Contents

Gandharvahasthadi Thailam  ingredients:
Gandharvahastha moola – Root of castor – Ricinus communis – 4.8 kg
Yava – Barley – Hordeum vulgare – Seed – 3.072 kg
Nagara – Ginger – Zingiber officinalis – Rhizome – 96 g

Water for decoction – 24.576 liters, boiled and reduced to 6.144 liters

Ksheera – Cow milk – 1.536 liters
Murchita eranda taila – Castor oil – Ricinus communis – 768 ml
Gandharvahasta moola – Castor root fine powder / paste – Ricinus communis – 192 g
Shunti – Ginger paste – Zingiber officinale – 48 g

Method of Preparation

Ingredients from Gandharvahastha to Nagara is made into coarse powder and boiled with specific quantity of water till it reduces to its quarter part. Gandharvahasta moola and ginger is made into paste by adding sufficient quantity of water. Murchita castor oil is heated adding paste and stirred continuously while adding decoction and cows milk. Heating is stopped on appearance of froth over the oil and absence of moisture content. To confirm the absence of moisture, the oil is exposed to fire and checked for absence of crackling sound. It is filtered, cooled and stored in tightly closed container.

Reference and Expiry Date

Ashtangahrudayam Chikitsa sthana 15/21, Sahasrayogam.

Expiry date: 3 years from the date of manufacture. Once you open the seal, it is better to use it within an year.

Manufacturer

Kottakkal Arya Vaidya sala, SDP Ayurveda Products.
Nagarjuna – Gandharvvahasthaadi Thailam (Gandharvvahasthaadi Earandam)

Does intake of this oil during pregnancy cause miscarriage?
No. But always consult your doctor directly for any health advice / remedies during pregnancy.

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. 

27 thoughts on “Gandharvahasthadi Thailam Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

  1. Madam, We did not get which skin disease you are referring here. Kindly let us know the english name or any relevant name for more information.

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  2. I was shopping for castor oil for my hair fall problems and vendor gave me Gandharvahasthadi
    ErandaThailam instead. After searching I came to know this is an oral medicine. Is this oil safe for applying on scalp/hair ? or should I return it ?

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  3. Dr pl suggest me medicine for sciatica. I am using gh tailam once a week with warm milk. Using Avipathikara chi in night.

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  4. Namasthe
    I suffer from chronic constipation (even during childhood years) and have knee pain from many years
    Have taken treatment for body pain , heaviness etc – virechana, basti, and medicines
    Inspite of following strict diet and so many meds no relief
    As per doctors advice I took freelax – 2 tsp with hot water at bedtime which works well but my doctor tells me not to make it a habit and to avoid prolonged use of the same
    Right now I’m taking gh taila 2 spoons with hot water at night on doctors advice
    Please advise whether gh taila will help and how to get permanent relief from my problem
    Please let me know if it is ok to take it for a long time and the dosage
    Regards

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  5. I bought for castor oil for my hair fall problems and vendor gave me Gandharvahasthadi
    ErandaThailam instead. After searching I came to know this is an oral medicine. Is this oil safe for applying on scalp/hair ? or should I return it ?

    Reply
  6. Hi Dr Hebbar,

    My ayurvedic doctor has recently added gandharvahastadi eranda tailam to other ayurvedic medicines (guggulutiktam kashayam+mahaprasarini tailam, ostikot, dhanvantradh 101, parushakadi leham, shankha bhasma) I was already taking for rheumatoid arthritis. I noticed that since I have started this tailam I got constipated. I got one good motion after consuming it in the morning, but after that I am having gas and constipation. I feel like my body was not able to digest it properly. Is it possible to get constipation due to gandharvahastadi eranda tailam? Can this be replaced with gandharvahastadi kashayam?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    GD

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  7. Hi Dr Hebbar,

    My ayurvedic doctor has recently added gandharvahastadi eranda tailam to other ayurvedic medicines (guggulutiktam kashayam+mahaprasarini tailam, ostikot, dhanvantradh 101, parushakadi leham, shankha bhasma) I was already taking for rheumatoid arthritis. I noticed that since I have started this tailam I got constipated. I got one good motion after consuming it in the morning, but after that I am having gas and constipation. I feel like my body was not able to digest it properly. Is it possible to get constipation due to gandharvahastadi eranda tailam? Can this be replaced with gandharvahastadi kashayam?

    Reply

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