Brihat Saindhavadi Taila – benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Saindhavadi Taila (Brihat) is an Ayurvedic medicine. It is an herbal oil. It is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, low back ache, injury to joints etc . This oil is prepared with Castor oil base. 


  • It is used in the treatment of low back ache, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, abdominal colic, Ankylosing spondylosis and such other musculo-skeletal diseases.
  • Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains
  • Bursitis trochanterica,
  • Shoulder dislocation pain

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata.

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.

How To Use

It is used for an Ayurveda Panchakarma therapy called as Basti (rectal enema)
It is also used for oral administration in a dose of 1 – 5 ml, before food with water.
It is used for external application, massage etc.

How long to use: It can be used upto 1 – 2 months based on doctor’s prescription.

Side Effects

There are no known side effects with this oil on external application. However, oral intake and Basti treatment should only be undertaken with expert advice and guidance.
Over-dosage of oral intake may result in diarrhoea.
Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a cool dry place.


Brihat Saindhavadi Tailam ingredients, how to make:

Sl noSanskrit nameBotanical nameParts usedQuantity
1Saindhava LavanaRock saltSalt24 g
2ShreyasiScindapsus officinalisFruit24 g
3RasnaPluchea lanceolataRoot24 g
4ShatapushpaAnethum sowaFruit24 g
5YamaniTrachyspermum ammiFruit24 g
6SarjikaSwarjika KsharaKshara24 g
7MarichaPiper nigrumFruit24 g
8ShuntiZingiber officinalisRhizome24 g
9KushtaSaussurea lappaRoot24 g
10SauvarchalaSochal saltSalt24 g
11VidaVida saltSalt24 g
12VachaAcorus calamusRhizome24 g
13AjamodaCarum roxburghianumFruit24 g
14MadhukaGlycyrrhiza glabraRoot24 g
15JirakaCuminum cyminumFruit24 g
16PushkaraInula racemosaRoot24 g
17KanaPiper longumFruit24 g
18ErandatailaRicinus communisOil768 ml
19Shatapupsha ambuAnethum sowaSeed water768 ml
20KanjiFermented gruelLiquid1.536 liters
21MastuCurd waterCurds1.536 liters

All the ingredients are mixed and boiled till total moisture is lost from the oil, filtered.

Reference and Shelf life

Bhaishajya Ratnavali 29/222-227

Shelf life: 3 years from the date of manufacture.

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

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