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Balaswagandhadi Thailam – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Balaswagandhadi  Thailam is an Ayurvedic oil, used in Ayurvedic treatment of fever, weakness of muscles, bones and joints etc. It is used for external application. This oil is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda principles. 


Balaswagandhadi  Tailam  Uses: 
It is used in the treatment of headache, fever, emaciation, muscle wasting, lack of strength in joints, muscles and bones.
It is used in all Vata diseases like arthritis, brachial plexus injury, lumbar and cervical spondylitis pain, neuralgia, paralysis, insanity etc.
It strengthens muscle, improves quality of blood.
This oil is also known as Ashwagandha bala lakshadi thailam
It is good in catarrh.
Bursitis trochanterica,
Shoulder dislocation pain
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains.
It is used in the treatment of middle chest, middle back and rib pain. Usually in these areas, the pain occurs due to strain on muscles, ligaments and nerves.

Use in injury, accidents

Does balaswagandha tailam is used for middle chest and ribs pain that above abdominal diaphragm pain? 
Usually in an herbal oil, if Bala – Sida cordifolia is used, it is useful to soothe and regenerate nerves, useful in relieving burning sensation, neuropathy and useful to improve the tensile strength of blood pipes. So, Bala, in Balaswagandhadi tailam is useful to improve strength of nerves and blood vessels. 
Ashwagandha, in this oil, strengthens the muscles, relieves inflammation and improves blood circulation. 
Laksha, in this oil, strengthens the bones and ligaments. 
Devadaru, Kushta and rasna are useful to relieve pain and swelling 
Licorice, sarsaparilla, vetiver etc. herbs are useful to relieve damage to the vessels and joints. 
Considering all these, balaswagandhadi taila can be very effectively used in chest injury, ribs pain due to fall from a height, pain and damage to chest bones and muscles. 

Balaswagandhadi Thailam – An Ayurvedic Muscle Bulk Enhancing Oil

Usage in Basti therapy

Apart from external application, Balaswagandhadi tailam is also used for enema treatment (Anuvasana Basti) to improve nerve strength, in the treatment of paralysis and other neurological disorders.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta

How to use Balaswagandhadi oil?
It is used for external application, in Ayurvedic treatment like massage, dhara etc.

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.

Side Effects

There are no recorded side effects of this medicine on external application.
It can be used to massage children and pregnant ladies.
Keep out of sight and reach of children.
store in cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.

How long to use Balaswagandhadi Thailam? 
For external use, it can be used for a long period of time.


Balaswagandhadi Tailam ingredients:
768 g of coarse powder of each of
Bala – Sida cordifolia
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Laksha – Laccifer lacca
Water for decoction – 12.288 liters, boiled and reduced to 3.072 liters
Taila – Oil of Sesamum indicum – 768 ml
Mastu – Supernatent liquid of curds – 3.072 liters
12 g of fine powder of each of following, made together as paste.
Rasna- Pluchea lanceolata
Chandana – Red Sandalwood – Pterocarpus santalinus
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Durva – Cynodon dactylon
Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Choraka – Angelica glauca
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides
Jalada – Cyperus rotundus
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
Suradruma – Cedrus deodara
Haridra – Turmeric Rhizome – Curcuma Longa
Kumuda – Nymphaea stellata
Kaunti – Vitex agnus-castus
Shatahva – Anethum sowa
Padmakesara – Nelumbium speciosum
Special method – Laksha is
is powdered well and placed in a vessel. Hot water is poured and stirred well. When the water becomes red it is strained and used.

Reference and Expiry Date

Sahasrayoga – Tailayoga Prakarana – 13

Balaswagandhadi Kuzhambu is the same product. But here, in place of sesame oil base, a mix of sesame oil, castor oil and ghee is used as base. The two extra base combination further adds to the Vata pacifying quality of the oil. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala manufactures this product. 

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

Sanskrit Verse


Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal, AVP.
Nagarjuna – Balaashwagandhaadi Thailam

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

85 thoughts on “Balaswagandhadi Thailam – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

      • Hello doctor, why is washing off necessary? What if oils such as this and kunkumadi are applied before bed and only washed off in the morning. Apart from staining linen etc, are there any other disadvantages?

        • hello doctor,even I too have same doubt in mind. May be our viewers of the website have. please let us know any disadvantage of leaving the oil massage overnight if possible. Thanks

          • 1. If the person has naturally oily skin, leaving the oil overnight on skin can cause acne.
            2. If the oil is made of coconut oil base, then even a small cold or cough can worsen during night.
            3. If it is winter and if you leave the oil on the body at night, it may cause joint stiffness and even worsening of pain.
            Just a few drops of oil application at night is fine.

  1. You might also require some oral medicines. Balashwagandha taila would help strengthen the tendons and ligaments in lumbar region. Apply the oil over the lower back 10 minutes before bath everyday. Please consult an Ayurvedic doctor, if problem persists.

  2. Dr is this good for joint problems and for the days I don’t do yoga asanas,and for minor aches and pains from weight trainning ?

  3. Hi,
    I am deepa. I have some problems in l s spine LS 4 LS 5 disc. After delivery my stomach mascles is losen. This tailam is strengthen the muscle?

  4. I have aggravated pitta as seen by high uric acid , acidity , thin hair and acne on back . i have weak leg muscles (thighs) which oil should i use for massage

  5. Good morning sir , My name is M.viswanath ,I have urine incontinence(urgency) is this bala ashwagandha tailam is useful to me sir. please tell me the remedy for this problem.

  6. Hello doctor,I had an abortion at 5th month..is it advisable to apply balaswaganda tail am mixed with dhanvantaram kuzampu for body for 1\2hour before taking bath daily…in our house they say not to apply oil as it cools body,that should not happen at this time they say..

  7. Sir i have muscle wasting in face alone . However i eat , muscle / fat doesnt add up in face, as a result the face is abnormally thin compared to whole body, Does bala ashwagandhadi help?

  8. Sir , i have spider veins on face and legs, will bala ashwagandha tailam helpful ? Also please tell me is this oil applicable to skin straight from bottle or does it require any mixing with some other oil ? And are there any side effects of this oil or anything we should take care before application, i have dry sensitive skin ,will it work on me

  9. Hi

    why is hard massage not recommended with this oil? are there any side effects if hard massage is done and do we have do to wash body after hour or can we leave the oil on the body? we intend to use the oil for strengthen and reduce stiffness in muscles?

    Thank you

    Kind Regards

  10. Can this oil be used for coccyx tip bone pain ? I have developed coccyx pain due to improper posture of sleeping. So far I have been matching with physical stretches. But the tip of pain still pains when touched.

  11. Hello, can this be used to strengthen pelvic floor muscles after prolapse surgery and if so how should it be administered please?

  12. Sir, which oil is best for vata pitta insomnia in perimenopausal women for head massage? I’m getting my vata worsened just before my menstruation leaving with full insomnia

  13. Hi sir, i met a doctor for premature greying. He gave me balaswaganthadi oil + dadimadi gritam+brahmarasayanam. This oil is useful for greying hair.

  14. Hello sir I have read chapped lips are due to vata dosha and ghee infused with vata pacifying herbs are useful. Can you tell us any specific ghrita or herbs so we can prepare herbal ghrita at home

  15. Balaaswgandha Lakshadi Tailam, by SN Pandit Ayrveda was suggested to me by an Ayrvedic store for knee pain. I have been using it for about 10 days massaging the knees about 2-3 hours before bathing. But I find very little improvement. Is this the right thaila for knee pain or is it too early to know its effects? is there any other thailam if this is not the right one ?

  16. Hi Doctor,

    Can we apply balaswagandhadhi tailam for the head. this oil and dhanwantari tailam, will be helpful for strength is erection?

  17. Is this oil good for restless legs syndrome and neurological problem.And can I use it over my head for relief.do I have to add lukewarm water to the oil before applying .How much time to apply on the body. Please suggest


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