Narayan Oil – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Narayan Oil is an Ayurvedic oil (Thailam). It is used in the treatment of many neuro- muscular and skeleto-muscular conditions, such as arthritis, neuralgia etc. It is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic oils. It is used both for oral administration and external application. 

This product is also called Cheirya narayana thailam.


Narayana Oil uses:
It is useful to relieve aches and pains due to travelling.
It is useful to improve bone strength in osteoporosis and arthritis.
It is useful in joint disorders like Osteo arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, lumbar and cervical spondylosis, gout.
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains

Orally, it is used in treatment of oligospermia, male and used as Ayurvedic medicine for infertility female.
It is used for nasal instillation to improve strength of sense organs and to treat hearing and vision problems.
It is helpful in locked jaw and toothache.
It helps to relieve testicular pain, on massage.
It is used for faster healing of tendon and ligament injury of muscles and joints.
Useful in intercostal neuropathy
Bursitis trochanterica,
Shoulder dislocation pain

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.

Mode of Usage

It is used for massage.
It is used in Ayurvedic treatment like Dhara, Nasya, Basti treatment etc.
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.

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.


Narayana Tel ingredients:
480 grams of each of
Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Paribhadra – Erythrina variegata
Prasarini – Paedaria foetida
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Bala – Sida cordifolia
Atibala – Abutilon indicum – Indian Mallow, Country mallow
Shvadamshtra – Tribulus terrestris
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
Water for decoction – 49.152 liters, boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters
Taila – Sesame oil – Sesamum indicum – 3.072 liters
96 grams of fine powder of each of following, made into paste with water –
Shatapushpa – Anethum sowa
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Mamsi – Nardostachys jatamansi
Shaileyaka –  Convolvulus pluricaulis
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Tagara – Valeriana wallichi
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Ela – Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom)
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
Turagagandha – Ashwgandha – Withania somnifera
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt – Saindha Namak
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
Shatavari rasa – Juice extract / water decoction of Asparagus racemosus – 3.072 liters
Goksheera – Cow milk / goat milk – 12.288 liters

How to prepare Narayana Tail? 
The above combination of herbs and liquids is heated till total moisture evaporates. It is then filtered and stored.

Reference and Expiry Date

Bhaishajya Ratnavali – Vatavyadhi – 140 – 150

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


Vaidyaratnam, Pankajakasthuri
Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal
AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. ltd
Nagarjuna – Naaraayana Thailam
Almost all Ayurvedic companies manufacture this oil.

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


How Narayana thailam acts as anti inflammatory? 
Dashamoola – the first 10 anti inflammatory ingredients. Charaka has said these 10 roots as Shothhara – anti – inflammatory.
Bala, Ashwagandha, Devadaru, Ela etc ingredients – all these are potent anti inflammatory herbs.

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. 

Shloka (Sanskrit Verse)

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

49 thoughts on “Narayan Oil – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

    • It really depends upon the particular neurological problem.
      For rheumatism, neuralgia etc, Narayan oil, Mahanarayana taila etc are used.
      To improve body strength, Bala taila, Ksheerabala taila, Bala Ashwagandhadi taila etc are used.

  1. I’ve been diagnosed as having uterine Adinomyosis recently. And a doctor advised to get a tummy massage done in narayana thailam often till I get my periods. Is it useful in any ways? Pl suggest any other remedy for adenomyosis.

  2. Can we use Narayana thailam for head massage on regular basis? (For problems related to Insomnia, headaches, Stress related symptoms)

    • It relieves pain associated with Varicose veins. It also strengthens the veins and leg muscles. But a cure with this oil alone is hard to promise. Read more about varicose veins and Ayurvedic treatment options here –

  3. i had a self fall and injured my left knee. Operated for acl avulsion. Its 8 Weeks now. But still not able to walk. Knee is not flexible. Stretching and strenghtening exercises am doing. Can u pls suggest some oil for me. Thank you.

  4. Great and Good Doctor, You mentioned below lines.

    Precaution: When you apply oil to feet, you tend to slip and fall. So, walk carefully and be slow.

  5. Hi Doctor, can this (Narayan) oil help for osteoarthritis on my neck and back. I have it on the cervical and lumbar vertabrai. In pain and limited mobility.
    Thank you.

  6. I am staying in Delhi since last year.I had middle back pain while waking up in the morning in winter season.I had applied kottanchukkadi oil .Once the summer started pain started reducing and totally gone after 2 weeks.Dr. can u suggest some precautionary medicine that can be used before next winter in Delhi.

  7. Hi, I have a meniscus tear and i am advised to undergo arthroscopy which i do not want to do. Will this oil help in anyway to cure the meniscus tear and avoid the arthroscopy? How long would it be before I see results?

  8. Sir, I am using this oil for treating my mother’s synovial fluid prob in knees and swollen ankles. Is this correct treatment, or would you prescribe something different.

    • Dashamoola – the first 10 anti inflammatory ingredients. Charaka has said these 10 roots as Shothhara – anti – inflammatory.
      Bala, Ashwagandha, Devadaru, Ela etc ingredients – all these are potent anti inflammatory herbs.

  9. Can this be used for patients recovered from brain stroke having little difficulty in walking? Also can Narayana oil be mixed with Dhanwanthram oil n then applied??

  10. Hello, please tell the difference between Narayana and mahanarayana oil and which is better for basti to treat involution.

  11. I have got a pain/weakness in the right upper arm for last 3 months. This appears to be injury from weight and pushups I started taking few months before the pain started.

    I tried physiotherapy (it worsened the condition), hot packs with pain balms etc with no use.

    I used Karpuradi Tailam for close to 2 weeks with not much of a relief.

    Last 1 week I am applying a mix of Karpuradi Tailam and ValiyaNarayana Tailam for around 20mts before batch, but I am yet to feel any significant improvement. I am also applying hot pack for around 10 mts after applying a pain balm in the evening.

    Please let me know if any suggestions

  12. Dear doctor, I m facing secondary infertility. I have pco. But hormone test are normal. Periods range up to 30 to 40 days. In follicular study scan ,no dominant follicle found on 14 th day. I have been taking sukumaram khwatham and maha kalyanaka griyham for 1 st month. Then phalarasrpis and cyclovarin for 2 nd month. Now taking sukumaram khwatham and maha narayana oil orally for last 2 weeks. Then also why no improvement in ovulation?


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