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Dhanwantharam Thailam Uses, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects, Buy

Dhanwantharam Thailam is an Ayurvedic oil. It is used in the treatment of Vata diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis, spondylosis, headache and neuro-muscular conditions. This oil is based on Kerala Ayurveda practice.

Effect on Tridosha:
Effective on Vata and Kapha mixed Vata condition.
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Dhanwantharam Tailam uses:
It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, neck pain and back ache due to spondylosis,
It is useful in treatment of neurological conditions such as Neuritis, Neuralgia, paralysis, facial palsy, etc.
Useful in intercostal neuropathy
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains
Bursitis trochanterica,
Shoulder dislocation pain
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Application on feet

Dhanwantaram oil 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.

Mode of Usage

It is used for massage.
It is used in Ayurvedic treatment like Dhara, Basti treatment etc.
101 times processed oil, called Dhanwantharam 101  -is used for oral administration.
Dose for oral intake is – 5 – 20 drops once or twice a day, before food, with warm water or warm milk, as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
This oil is used for massage for ladies, after delivery, to improve body strength.
It is also used as massage oil for babies.
Internal use is advised to relieve fever, bloating and urinary diseases.
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Side Effects

No side effects are known with this oil, on external administration.
Oil’s oral intake should only be done strictly under medical supervision.


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.


Dhanwantharam Tailam ingredients:
Bala moola – Sida cordifolia – Root – 4.608 kg
Water for decoction – 36.864 liters, boiled and reduced to 4.608 liters
Paya – Cow milk – 4.608 liters
768 grams of total of
Yava – Barley – Hordeum vulgare – Seed
Kola – Zyziphus jujuba – Fruit
Kulattha – Horse gram – Dolichos biflorus – Seed
Dashamoola – group of ten roots
Bilva – Aegle marmelos – Stem bark
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata – Stem bark
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum – Stem bark
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens – Stem bark
Gambhari – Gmelina arborea – Stem bark
Brihati – Solanum indicum – Root
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum – Root
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris – Fruit
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum – Plant
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta – Plant
Water for decoction – 6.144 liters, boiled and reduced to 768 ml.
Taila – Oil of Sesamum indicum

Paste made of 6 grams of each of –

Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium – Root
Mahameda – Polygonatum verticillatum – Root
Daru – Cedrus deodara – Heartwood
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia – Root
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei – Root
Ksheera kakoli – Lilium polyphyllum – Root
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus – Heartwood
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus – Root
Kushta – Saussurea lappa – Root
Tagara – Valeriana wallichi – Root/Rhizome
Jeevaka – Malaxis acuminata – Root tuber
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra – Root tuber
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Kalanusari – Valeriana wallichi – Rhizome
Shaileya – Convolvulus pluricaulis – Plant
Vacha – Acorus calamus – Rhizome
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha – Heartwood
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa – Root
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera – Root
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus – Root tuber
Ksheerashukla – Ipomoea mauritiana – Root tuber
Yashti – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra – Root
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – Fruit rind
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica – Fruit rind
Amla – Emblica officinalis – Fruit
Shatahva – Asparagus – Anethum sowa – Fruit
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis – Plant
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus – Plant
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum – Seed
Twak – Cinnamon – Cinnamomum camphora – Stem bark
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala – Leaves

Method of Preparation

Coarse powder of bala is boiled with specific quantity of water till it reduces to one eighth part to prepare bala decoction and filtered. Decoction of ingredients from Yava to Prishnaparni is prepared separately. Ingredients from Meda to Patra is mixed with sufficient quantity of water to prepare homogeneous paste.
Murchita sesame oil is heated by adding milk, paste and decoction with continuous stirring. 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.

This Taila when prepared with Avartana process is known as Dhanvantara Taila Avartana, wherein, the oil making is repeated for 101 times.

Reference and Expiry Date

Sahasrayoga Tailayoga Prakarana 1, Astanga Hridayam.

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

Sanskrit Shloka verse


Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal, Pankajakasthuri, AVN.
Nagarjuna – Dhaanwantharam Thailam.
Nagarjuna pharmacy also manufactures Dhaanwantharam Kuzhampu.

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. 

Dhanvantharam Sevyam

Dhanwantaram Sevyam is the same tailam is cooked in Mrudu Paka – that is, the heating is stopped just before the moisture is totally evaporated from the herbal pastes in the cooking pan. This is a softer version of the oil and is milder and safer for enema therapy (Basti Chikitsa).
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Taila Avartana – Repeated processing

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

127 thoughts on “Dhanwantharam Thailam Uses, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects, Buy”

  1. Hi doctor,
    I had a major abdominal surgery for a ruptured uterus , now almost half of my abdomen is totally numb to any sensation. I cant even geel my touch.its already been more than 2 months. Is there any oil in ayurveda which can help regain the sensation. Or any ayurvedic medicine which i can take orally to regain sensation.

  2. Doctor how should be applied for neurological problems in kids. My kid has been diagnosed with GBS and someone has recommended the use of this oil for better nerve conduction. Is it the best oil available or you have something else also?

  3. By mistake my maid mixed a small amount of dhanvantram oil with a full bottle of hair oil. Will it be harmful If I use the hair oil ?

  4. hi..,
    sorry about your condition. dhanwantharam tailam external application will help you sure. but along with, it is better you take some internal medications also which together will give you a good result.

  5. I had my delivery before 2 months via c section..is this oil useful in reducing back pain due to cesarean section?? can you please advice me when should I start applying it…??? will it have effect if start using it now.?

  6. dhanwantaram tailam will do good for your problem. for oral medication you have to consult an Ayurveda doctor in person so that he could analyse your body and condition of your problem thoroughly and treat it accordingly.

  7. you are supposed to apply the oil over low back and abdomen and massage gently. it will prevent false pains, stretch marks and facilitates easy normal delivery in future. kuzhampu and taila both are same doing similar actions.

  8. you are supposed to apply this oil over low back and abdomen and massage gently. it will prevent false pains, stretch marks and facilitates easy normal delivery in future. kuzhampu and taila both are same doing similar actions. and you can use this daily before bath.

  9. My son is Arthritis pain in thighs, when he stands for long time or plays. I sent him to Physio therappy, but not getting relief. What medicine you prescribe.

  10. Hi,my son age is 6 years born in 7th month, he can’t sit,can’t stand him self.we are using mentat syr-+For massage mahanarayana tailam.pls sugust good medicine

    • Hi, in your son’s case, mere oral medicines might not be sufficient. He needs Ayurvedic therapies such as massage and physiotherapy. Please consult an Ayurveda center with massage facility.

  11. I had meniscus tear in both my knees,got an arthroscopy done but I still have pain in taking. the staircase,getting up ,folding the feet.Please suggest me some oil for my knees.

  12. Hi doctor, I am on my 15th day after delivery. I started using this thailam on my 3rd day with turmeric on the whole body for one hour followed by a hot water bath..how many days I have to use this? Should it be used for the whole 40 days or should I stop before that since we start doing household chores after 40 days?…some people suggest that its not advisable to use for 40 days as we start doing household works.what is your opinion doctor. How many days should I use this?or else what will I replace with this?

    • Massage with this oil + turmeric can be continued till 40 days. No problem with it. After that, you can stop it or continue massage once or twice a week, based on your comfort. There is also no rule that massage should be stopped after 40 days. Longer the massage days, better.

  13. Hello doctor i have pain near the chest area. Its not constant pain… for some postures i get pain.. Consulted the allopathic doc they say its called ribcage pain.. took tablets but its not gone .. probably i have carried heavy weight.. please let me know any external massage oil will help. Thanks

  14. Take 2 teaspoons of the oil in a bowel. Dip the finger tips in it. Gently do the massage over the joints with mild pressure and circular finger movements for 5 – 10 minutes. Longer the better.
    After the massage, it is best to give hot water fomentation or simply wash off with hot water. Do this at least once a day.

  15. Hi Sir,
    Both my mum and dad have severe Osteoarthritis, may due to their advance age. Mum is 65 years and dad is 75 years. However, they both are undergoing Homeopathic medication as of now.

    I’m planning to buy this Oil for both in the coming week.

    Wanted your advice on what should be the procedure followed to use this Oil?
    And will it cause any problem with homeopathy medication?

    Kindly give your insights and guidance.

  16. Hi Dr. I just been diagnosed with spino cerebellar Ataxia. And I have rheumatoid arthritis I battle with leg cramps specially at night they seem to go in a spasam and also my ear is buzzing all the time I can use it. I have the other symptoms but these 2 is the worst. I am in South Africa so I don’t think I can visit a centre? How would I purchase and what would you suggest I use? Thanks Sharon (49 years female)

    • Hi, please contact one among the two Ayurveda centers in South Africa

      Ayurshakti Ayurveda Wellness Centre
      Address: 9 Nimmo Rd, Durban, 4001, South Africa
      Phone:+27 31 312 4432

      Kerala Ayurvedic Centre
      Address: 15 Steel Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001, South Africa
      Phone:+27 31 303 7200

  17. When i applied dhanvantari taila to forehead i lost my entire sleep. Is it bcoz of tht sir?? Pls suggest me a oil for scalp nd forehead for my insomnia. I feel my vata is completely disturbed

  18. Dr Hebbar, a few questions:
    1. Can Dhanawantari Tailam be used for the face and hair during Abhyanga
    2. Is this oil good for people with all constitutions? (vata, pitta , kapha)
    3. If not, what would you recommend for someone with vata & kapha doshas and someone with pitta and kapha doshas?
    4. How important is sveda? since this cant be done at home for most people

  19. Sir
    I am 6 months pregnant. Using dhanwantharam taila from kottakal everyday on breasts and abdomen and pelvic floor muscles. After 30mins of massage I take hot water bath and apply running hot water from shower to oiled areas. After bath I feel as though am getting period and menstrual cramp feeling. Am I doing any mistake or is the cramp and bath just a Co incidence. Pls help

  20. Sir is there any side effect of using dwanantharam thailam which is expired in 2013 for body massage after delivery..

  21. Can this tailam be used for basti treatment for pcos
    Ihave been getting this treatment but will it helpme cure?

  22. hi dr
    please tell me does dhanwantaram 101 oil capsule increase cholesterol /can it be taken by a high cholesterol patient.

  23. Sir

    I have pain from my lower back till kalf, in X-ray it shows L4-L5-S1 disc space reduced, is it sciatica, I’m 28 Nw wil dat effect me in future working in a mechanical sector plz suggest sum Medicn to cure this permanently

    • Oral intake of Dhanwantaram 101 capsule – 1 capsule 2 times a day after food is used in infertility treatment. It is not directly indicated in treating secondary amenorrhea treatment.

  24. Hello Doctor, am taking treatment for infertility treatment for last one year.Our doctor is using Dhanwantharam thailam as treatment still 12 months.I spend 2 lakhs for that treatment.Still one year we didnt get any positive response.We didnt know what she is doing treatment.plz give clarity sir.

  25. Sir…does dhanvanthari oil can be used for urethral stenosis…or can u please tell any other possible remedies for urethral stenosis and incomplete voiding of bladder

  26. Sir, I am 7 month pregnant. This is my second pregnancy. I had c-section in 2013. Immediately after c-section my abdomen was flat but after a day it got bumps here and there. Then my stomach was like a 7-8 months pregnancy size and very sagging. I am afraid of,Whether the same situation happens for this delivery also. Pls suggest any precautions or treatments sir. And whether danwanthari thailam should be applied with empty stomach or can we apply it in the afternoon? Pls reply sir

  27. my mother affected with Parkinson disease.can we apply the oil to her.and whether the Parkinson disease curable?please guide the treatment for Parkinson.

  28. Dear Sir,
    I have sever knee pain from past 5 years. And full pain and burning sensation from thigh joint to toe. Muscle get hard on calf area. I am diabetic. My son brought me Dhanavantaram Thailam oil for massaging purpose. Please tell me how to use effectively and for how long. Is this Thailam good for this purpose ?

  29. Sir I have pain near colorbone ac joint and doctor prescribed dhanwantharam 101 avarthi+murivenna massage on and leave it 20 minutes

  30. Hi dr, I am bini, am 8 month pregnant, my dr told to use dhanwatharam kuzhambu , but some others are telling me not to take dhanwantharam alone use it with pinda thailam
    Is safe only dhanwantharam kuzhambu is using
    Please reply,
    Thank you

  31. Hello,
    I have an adverse immune response to ragweed pollen and i suffer from allergy in the summer season. My ayruvedic doctor prescribed my dhanawataram tailam oil to apply and massage my sinuses every morning
    Is it correct way to use and does it help in my condition at all?