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Mahanarayan Oil: Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Mahanarayan Oil is  a very famous herbal oil used in Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis, paralysis,  and eye diseases. This oil is used for external application, orally and for many Ayurvedic therapies.


Mahanarayan Oil  Uses:
It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of Facial palsy, Hearing loss, Deafness, Paraplegia, tremors, Neck rigidity/Torticollis, Lock jaw, wasting of hands and legs, insanity, Oligospermia, Female Infertility, Teeth & tongue ailments, bloating, Headache, Glossal palsy, Dental Pain, Mania/Psychosis, Hump-back/Kyphosis, Fever.
Bursitis trochanterica,
Shoulder dislocation pain
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains

It is used in anti aging treatment.
It helps to relieve emaciation, tendon tear, fractures and all types of arthritis.
It is useful to strengthen bones and joints in case of weak bones due to osteo-porosis, osteo arthritis.
Useful in intercostal neuropathy
Read related: OsteoArthritis: Symptoms, Prevention, Lifestyle tips, Ayurvedic treatment

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta

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

How to use Mahanarayan Tail?
It is used to external application.
It is used in many Ayurvedic treatments such as Anuvasana basti, Janubasti, Nasya etc.
It is also given orally in a dose of 3 – 5 ml, once or two times  a day, before food with warm water or milk.

Side Effects and Precautions

There are no known side effects on external application of this oil.
Oral administration, Nasya and other therapies should strictly be done under medical supervision.
Keep out of sight and reach of children. store in cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.


How long to use Mahanarayana Thailam? 
For external use, it can be used for a long period of time.
Oral usage is done usually for not more than 3 – 4 months.
It can be used as a general body massage oil for a very long time.


Mahanarayana Tailam ingredients:
960 g of each of coarse powder of –
Bilva – Bael (root) – Aegle marmelos
Ashwagandha – Winter Cherry / Indian ginseng – Withania somnifera
Brihati – Indian Nightshade (root) – Solanum indicum
Swadamshtra – Tribulus terrestris
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Bala – Country mallow (root) – Sida cordifolia
Paribhadra – Erythrina variegate
Kshudra – Solanum xanthocarpum
Kathila – Boerhaavia diffusa
Atibala – Abutilon indicum
Agnimantha – Premna corymbosa / mucronata Root
Prasarini – Paederia foetida
Patala – Trumpet (root) – Sterospermum suaveolens
Water for decoction – 98.304 liters, boiled and reduced to 24.576 liters.
Taila – Oil of Sesamum indicum – 6.144 kg
Ajadugdha – Goat milk – 6.144 liters
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus – juice extract – 6.144 liters
Paste prepared with 96 g of fine powder of each of –
Rasna- Pluchea lanceolata
Ashwagandha – Winter Cherry / Indian ginseng (root) – Withania somnifera
Mishi – Indian Dill (fruit) 0 Anethum sowa / Peucedanum graveolens
Daru – Himalayan Cedar (bark) – Cedrus deodara
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishniparni – Root – Uraria picta
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis Spreng.
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
Nagakeshara – Mesua ferrea
Saindhava – Rock Salt
Mamsi – Nardostachys jatamansi
Haridra – Turmeric Rhizome – Curcuma Longa
Daruharidra – Tree turmeric (stem) – Berberis aristata
Shaileya – Parmelia perlata
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Pushkara – Inula racemosa
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Manjishta – Indian Madder (root) – Rubia cordifolia
Yashtimadhu – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Tagara – Indian Valerian (root) – Valeriana wallichi
Abda – Nut grass (root) – Cyperus rotundus
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala
Bhringaraja – Eclipta alba
Jivaka – Malaxis acuminata D.Don / Microstylis wallichii Lindl.
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard / Mimusoops hexandra Roxb.
Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Mahameda – Polygonatum verticillatum
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Ksheera Kakolii – Lilium polyphyllum
Riddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Vriddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Ambu – Pavonia odorata
Vacha – Sweet flag (rhizome) – Acorus calamus
Sthauneya – Clerodendrum infortunatum Linn./ viscosum Vent. Gaertn.
Vrishchikali – Boerhavia erecta
Choraka – Angelica glauca
Karpoora – Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora – 48 g
Kashmeera – Saffron – Crocus sativus – 48 g
Mrigamada – Musk – 48 g

Reference and Expiry Date

Bhaishajya Ratnavali Vatavyadhi Rogadhikara – 151 – 162

Shelf life / expiry date –  Three years from the date of manufacture. Once opened, it is best to empty the oil within 1 year.

Can it be used on hair?
It is advised for applying on head and scalp for treating migraine, headache, depression etc. It is safe to apply on hair.
But it is not a good choice of a hair oil. So unless prescribed, it is not wise to apply this daily.

How to use Mahanarayan oil for self massaging?
Take 3 tablespoon of oil in a bowl. Apply this allover the body with palm, with gentle pressure. Leave it on body for 15-30 minutes, then take hot water bath. Do this at least 2 – 3 times a week.

Mahanarayan oil is very costly. Can I use sesame oil for daily massage? 
If you find it costly, then 50 % of this oil + 50 % of sesame oil can be mixed and used for daily massage.

Between Mahanarayan and Kottamchukkadi, which is good to balance Vata?
Mahanarayan oil is better for Vata balance.

Proprietary Ayurvedic medicines with Mahanayarana taila as ingredient:
Flexofen Liniment –
manufactured by Prakruti Pharmaceuticals. It is used in the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders, arthritis, tendonitis etc.
Flexy Liniment – manufactured by Green Remedies

Does it improve blood circulation in leg and cure deep vein thrombosis?
Oil massage with Mahanarayana taila is very useful to improve blood circulation in legs. But this massage cannot be said to cure the deep vein thrombosis.

Sanskrit Shloka verse

Mahanarayan tel


Nagarjuna – Mahaanaaraayana 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. 

View Comments

  • Is this oil different from Velia Narayana Thailam? If so, in terms of usage, on what conditions can one be preferred over the other?

  • Which target does Mahanarayan oil have a good degree of effect on? Bones? Joints? Muscles? Or Tendons? (or all, in some ranking order?)

    Does this oil help to actually "rebuild" (i.e. "grow") any of the dhatus in case of Vata-induced "dhatu-kshaya" condition? If not, which oils might be good to help growth of various dhatus (perhaps content for a different article?) ? Or does it only help to reduce pain?

    thank you

    • It helps in sciatica. Everyday, 20 minutes before hot water bath, apply this to lower back and entire length of legs. Then have hot water bath. This helps to reduce pain and nerve inflammation.

  • Dear Doctor,

    I am having Sciatica pain. Which oil is preferable...Mahanarayana Tailam or Dhanwantaram Tailam...Please advise

  • 1) When to use narayan oil & mahanarayan oil?
    2) For general body massage, which one is more suitable?
    3) What are the manufacturers?

    • 1. Both are quite similar in action. Probably Mahanarayana taila is slightly better.
      2. Either one of them.
      3. Zandu, Baidyanath, Dabur, Kottakkal, etc.

  • Hello Sir,

    I want to make this oil at home. I got most of the herbs as well. Can you please let me know the different proportions and which herbs to use at which stage like decoction, paste etc.

    Your reply will be really helpful. Thanks

    • Hi, the proportions of herbs, etc are given within the article. Please go through. Use sesame oil as base.
      Also see this video once to get a better idea -

  • i have twitching of left eye. one suggested mahamasha thailam. a doctor prescribed mahanarayana thailam. which oneis better?

  • My doctor suggest 7 drops of Mahanarayan tel in hot water on empty stomach fr my ILD to stop dry cough. I feel relief bt aversion to meals now. Cn it b continued fr a month ? Tnx

  • I just read great article mahanarayan oil. I read that it is good massage for emaciation/vata. How should I use this oil? Before bath and whereabouts on the body and how often, or should I stick with sesame oil. Thanks Dr.

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