Ayurvedic Oils

Anu Thailam Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

Anu Thailam is herbal oil used for the treatment of diseases related to head, brain, eyes, face, nose, ear, and neck. In fact, Anu Thailam is a preventive medicine in ayurveda, which helps preventing diseases of upper parts of the body.

Anu Thailam improves memory and functions of four sense organs including nose, ear, eyes and tongue. It also helps in all types of nervous disorders, which occurs due to the dysfunction of the brain cells. However, it may not help in disorders that occur due to any brain injury.

Anu Thailam Ingredients

The base oil of Anu Thailam is Sesame Oil. All herbs are processed in sesame oil for preparing the Anu Thailam. The following ingredients are used for preparing the Anu Thailam.

  1. Aegle marmelos
  2. Asparagus recemosus
  3. Aquilaria agallocha
  4. Cedrus deodara
  5. Cinnamomum verum
  6. Coleus vettiveroides
  7. Coscinium fenestratum
  8. Cyperus esculentus
  9. Cyperus rotundus
  10. Desmodium gangeticum
  11. Elettaria cardamomum
  12. Embelia ribes
  13. Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza Glabra
  14. Hemidesmus indicus
  15. Holostemma adakodien
  16. Nelumbo nucifera
  17. Ocimum sanctum
  18. Pogostemon cablin
  19. Pseudarthria viscida
  20. Santalum album
  21. Solanum indicum
  22. Solanum melongena
  23. Vetiveria zizanioides
  24. Vitex agnus-castus
  25. Sida retusa
  26. Goat Milk


Anu Thailam has indications regarding diseases related to brain, nose, sinus, eyes, head, neck, shoulders and arms.

Brain, Nerves & Mind

  • Memory Loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Mental Stress
  • Depression (with passive symptoms)
  • Facial paralysis
  • Migraine
  • Parkinsonism


  • Weak Eyesight
  • Cataract
  • Preventive medicines for keeping optimum eyesight

Mouth, Oral Cavity & Vocal Cord

  • Aphonia
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Tonsillitis
  • Uvulitis

Bones, Joints & Muscles

  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Stiffness in the head
  • Neck Stiffness
  • Jaw Stiffness

Nose, Sinus, Lungs & Airways

  • Catarrh
  • Chronic coryza
  • Coryza
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Sinusitis

Anu Thailam Benefits & Uses

Anu Thailam acts on nasal membranes and ayurveda believes nose as a path to brain, so oil is also effective for the brain disorders. It is a good remedy for inflammation of nasal mucosa, sinusitis, headache, weak eyesight, memory loss, chronic catarrh, cataract and several other diseases.

Before discussing about the detailed benefits and medicinal uses, have a glance over key benefits given underneath.

Key Benefits

  1. Anu Thailam improves the sense of smell.
  2. It improves eyesight and prevents eye diseases.
  3. It helps clearing sinuses and prevents sinusitis.
  4. It improves voice and the vocal cord.
  5. It provides strength to the facial muscles, jaw joint and other facial structures.
  6. Anu oil helps relieving neck stiffness and prevents cervical spondylosis.
  7. It helps curing hair fall and baldness. It also prevents early greying of hair.
  8. Anu Taila is beneficial in all types of headache and facial paralysis.

Preventive Medicine

Nose is a door to the brain and Nasya using Anu Thailam prevents all types of brain disorders including seizures, poor coordination, mental stress, depression, headache, migraine, Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and dementia.

According to ayurveda, your body require lubrication. Anu Taila applies from outer skin to inner layers of mucosal membranes. Therefore, nasal membranes also require oil lubrication to keep it healthy. The preventive use of Anu Thailam helps preventing chronic catarrh, inflammation of nasal mucosa, sinusitis and breathing troubles occur due to congestion. Anu Thailam clears the sinus and provides strength to all structures of nasal cavity.

Mental Stress & Depression

According to ayurveda, VATA, PITTA & KAPHA involve in all diseases including mental stress and depression. The use of Anu Oil in regular nasal administration keeps all three DOSHA under balance and maintains their harmony in the body, especially upper parts of the body. It also provides feeling of relaxation after an hour of its use, which also reduces the mental stress and treats depression. It pacifies VATA, which plays a major role in development of depression. Thus, it also helps in treating depression symptoms. Anu Thailam affects the brain possibly through penetrating mucosal membranes of nasal cavity and increases serotonin level in the brain. However, the proper mechanism how Anu Thailam works in brain disorder is not yet known, but it is true it helps reducing stress disorders.

Memory Loss & Poor concentration

According to ayurveda, VATA causes deterioration in brain functions that affect memory and concentration. Excess VATA in brain causes loss of memory, poor coordination, poor concentration, increase mind wander, disturbing dreams etc. All these things are reduced using Anu Thailam regularly on daily basis. Anu Taila increases memory and concentration, prevents dementia, and delays aging of the brain.

Facial paralysis

Facial paralysis is caused by facial nerve injury or damage due to several factors including infections, trauma, tumour or stroke. Nerves are VATA organs and excess VATA affects its natural functions. Anu Thailam reduces VATA aggravation, reduces nerve damage, improves nervine functions and enhances the faster recovery from facial paralysis.

Headache & Migraine

Anu Thailam works on weakness of nerves and brain. It improves brain and nervine functions. Although Anu Oil is not effective on headache with abdominal aetiology, but it works well when VATA humour, nerves and brain is involved. Sometimes, over activity in the brain structures cause headache and migraines. Anu Thailam is effective for this type of headache. It is also effective for headache associated with sinusitis or congestion.

Nasal Congestion, Sinusitis & Chronic coryza

Anu Thailam clears the nasal cavity and removes dirt particles, excess mucus, allergens and microbes from the nose and sinuses. It also lubricates nasal mucosa and sinuses. Hence, it reduces nasal congestion, infections of sinuses, and chronic coryza.

Dosage & Direction of Use

The dosage of Anu Thailam is according to the purpose of the use. If you want to use it for preventive purposes, its dosage is about 2 drops in each nostril.

Purpose of UseDosage for instillation
Preventive Purpose2 drops in early morning
Therapeutic Use (General)2 to 5 drops
Panchakarma Treatment5 to 10 drops
  • For regular use and for preventive purposes, you can just instil 2 drops of Anu Thailam in the morning every day.
  • For therapeutic purposes, your doctor can advise using in up to 5 drops in the morning a day.

How to use Anu Thailam in Nasya (Panchakarma) Procedure

  1. Take some sesame oil and do facial massage before the instillation of the Anu Thailam. This step can be skipped in case if you are using it for preventive purposes, but we strongly suggest facial massage before using it for maximum health benefits.
  2. After massage, you also require hot fomentation. Dip the cotton towel in hot water and place warm towel on face except eyes. Alternatively, you can wash your face with warm water.
  3. Now, warm the Anu Thailam soaking its container in hot water for a few minutes.
  4. Now, lie down on back and prop a soft pillow under the neck and head.
  5. Tilt your head backward, so that you can easily instil oil drops in both nostrils. You can also take help from another person for instilling the oil in the nostrils.
  6. Lie down until you feel the oil comes to your mouth or you have some decongestion feeling in the nose. It may take 2 to 5 minutes. You will also feel some mucus in the throat and nose. Meanwhile, ask another person to do massage of palms and soles.
  7. Now, go to the washbasin and spit the mucus out. Keep spiting until you feel comfortable. It may take 30 minutes to eliminate all secretions that come out from the nose and mouth. You may also feel some irritation in the nose, throat and mouth. It will disappear after a few minutes.
  8. Now, rinse your mouth and clean your nose with warm water. You can also gargle with warm salt water if irritation persists.

Anu Thailam Side Effects

Anu Thailam cause mild irritation in the nose, throat and mouth. You can also feel nasal congestion due to excess secretions immediately after using it. These are generally considered normal and part of the panchakarma detoxification. You should spit out all these secretions. Irritation and discomfort disappear after a few minutes. In some cases, irritation may persist for 30 minutes to an hour. If you feel irritation persists longer than expected, you should immediately contact panchakarma therapist for measures. The general measure is gargling with warm salt water. It helps reducing the irritation. Patient may have excessive sneezing after using the Anu Thailam.

Manufacturers & Brands

  1. Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal
  2. AVP
  3. Nagarjuna
  4. Sri Sri Ayurveda

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh is a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist with B.A.M.S. and M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants. He has a wealth of experience in using Ayurveda to treat patients, including the use of herbal medicine and personalized Ayurvedic diets. His passion for spreading accurate and scientific information about Ayurveda and Medicinal Plants led him to create Ayur Times, a trusted resource for those seeking reliable information on the topic. Through his dedicated work, Dr. Singh has helped thousands of patients find relief and improve their health with Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine.

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  1. How important is massaging of palms and soles after instilling Anu oil in the nostrils? Can one afford to skip it or do self-massaging by bending hands/ legs in absence of another person?

    1. The massage of palms and soles after Nasya has reflexological and psychological importance. There are some trigger points on both hands and feet. The massage of these palms and soles increases blood circulation. However, this effect is local, but it helps nourishing and stimulating the trigger points, which indirectly influence whole body by inducing relaxation. The stimulation of these trigger points is likely to induce relaxation effects.

      Psychologically, a person feels more comfortable with Nasya effect and irritation produced due to Nasya medicine in the nose and throat.

      One can skip this step if he is taking Anu Thailam less than 2 drops at a time. When the amount of instilling Anu Oil increases from 2 drops, then it requires standard panchakarma procedure. The massage of palms and soles becomes more important to prevent any unwanted effect.

  2. Hi,

    I have been using for the past one week and have a blockage in my left nose.

    I have been getting a lot of phlegm every now and then.

    Is it because of decongestion?

  3. Hi,
    My 10 yr old daughter is suffering from severe sinus and block of nostrils. There is even phlegm and congestion. How many drops of anu tailam can be used? What can be done for irritation in nose? She even have allergy, she sneezes a lot in morning time.

    1. 1. 1 drop twice a day will be sufficient dosage for 10 yr old child.

      2. The irritation in the nose is normal and it will subside within a few minutes. If irritation persists, 1 drop of warm cow’s ghee should be instilled to subside it.

      3. Turmeric (Haldi) with black pepper (Kali Mirch) will help reducing sneezing that occurs in the morning. For this, Turmeric should be taken 100 grams and black pepper should be taken 10 grams. Mix both and give this mixture in dosage of 1/4 tsp. with honey twice daily.

  4. I have started taking Shadbindu oil from 1/11/2015 because of nasal allergy instead of Anu oil. Please let me know which the best is.

  5. I am 21 old. I am suffering from mild sinus and asthma. Can asthma also be cured in this treatment?

    1. Nasal septum deviation involves VATA and KAPHA humors, as per ayurveda. Anu Thailam pacifies VATA and KAPHA Dosha in the nose and it is effective for reducing symptoms and treating the condition.

  6. Would Anu Thailam work for cats, also? I have two six month olds with chronic sinus problems – sneezing and runny nose. I also have a three year old with a cold. Is this formula ok or would it be too strong? Would another oil work better? Would I be able to put it in the ears instead of up the nose?

    1. Actually, I am not sure about this because we have never used Anu Thailam in animals.

      For general information, Anu Thailam is moderate nasal preparation and formulated only for nasal administration. We only use it in human children above the age of 5 years. It may not be tolerable for children below this age. It produces mild nasal irritation and thereafter sneezing may also occur, which clears the nasal passage and sinuses. Mucus discharge is observable up to 30 to 60 minutes after its instillation. After this, patients feel great relief from all symptoms.

      1. Thank you for your help, I want to help my babies but I don’t want to do anything that could potentially hurt them either. Thank you.

    1. Nasya Treatment can be opted for sinus problems. It does not likely interact with antidepressants, as routes are different. Still you may require keeping 3 hours gap between antidepressants and Nasya Treatment.

    1. Nasya with Anu Thailam will help for promoting hair growth and may also helpful to prevent baldness. Along with other remedies like Neelibhringadi Oil Application, it may help to reduce hair follicle shrinkage and stimulate the ANAGEN PHASE of hair growth. Ultimately, it can help in regrowth of hair on bald scalp. However, the effect of both remedies may vary person-to-person depending on the genetics as well.

  7. Please advise whether Anu Thailam shall be used to get rid of sinus permanently. Should I need to take ayurvedic consultation before using Anu Thailam? Where can I get this oil?

    1. Anu Thailam is effective for sinus problems, but other medicines are also required as per Dosha Analysis, so you should consult ayurvedic doctor nearby you.

    1. As per my opinion, there should be no problem taking anu thailam when you are on homeopathic treatment, but please consult your attending physician for confirmation. You should also keep an hour gap between anu thailam and other medicines, cold things, especially cold water.

  8. Would Anu Thailam help in zero sense of smell? What is the best way to administer it?

  9. Sir
    I gone through surgery for polyps on 2009, then for fungal sinusitis in 2015, now again my left nose got blocked with mucus and smell.
    Does in this condition any tail works as doctor advice removal of mucus by surgery?

    1. I hope so Anu Oil should work, but Shadbindu Tail is considered best for such nasal blockage along with some other internal medicines. Please do consult local ayurvedic doctor specialized in Panchakarma.

  10. I use anu telam 2 times a day for long time (2yrs) for nose block, eye pain, headache and heavy head.
    But I get heat in the mouth, throat, and tongue (under and side). Are these side effects of the long-term use of anu telam?

    1. Generally, Anu Thailam is used for years without any problem. If it causes these problems to you, you should stop it. You should also consult an ayurvedic physician to rule out other causes.

  11. Does Anu Thailam cure cervical spondylosis? I have severe neck pain. I have also severe jaw pain. Would it be beneficial?

  12. Do i need to take 2 drops in each left and right side of my nose or just 1 drop for each side…………..and should i take before or after brushing

    1. The Nasya (nasal administration) of warm Anu Thailam will help to treat sleep apnea. In most cases, it is used before going to bed. However, if the patient suffers from Pitta symptoms including a headache with burning sensation, dry mouth, sore throat, irritability and attention problems, then Brahmi Ghee should be used for Nasya purposes.

  13. Hi sir I have heard about this anu Thailam and purchased for my self, can my son use it he is 6year and has – 13both eyes high myopia. Please guide

  14. Dr. I am facing problem of white hair in head also on bearded. I am 30 year old. Can ANU TAILAM help to cure this problem?

  15. I am 26 years old last 4 months I am facing sometimes dizziness and vertigo. Sometimes the pain will come from the left side of the head/brain and it exists also in eyebrows and forehead. Whenever I walk I felt like I will fell down. And for this reason, I am not able to concentrate on anything. I am because too scared about it. Finally I went to Doctor and he suggested to take a MRI scan. I did that and doctor said MRI scan is normal and they had identified only sinus block left side of the eyebrow and left side of forehead.

    But still I am facing the same problems and I wanted to overcome from this. I started using Anu thailam, and whenever I use in the morning left side of the head it is paining and also left forehead. And the pain exists around 3-4 hours. But some coughs are going our after the use of Anu thailam. Could you please let me know the continues use of anu thailam will solve my problem?

  16. Sir is anu thaila beneficial for treating chronic migraine headache….. Whether it cures permanentlyor reduces the intensity of pain….wt is the action of anu thaila in this case…….?

  17. I am suffering from Blocked nose and back head ache daily. May be because of excess of mucus. Will anu thailam works for it. If so how long do i need to use.

  18. Dr. my 2 yrs child breathing fast when cough, Anu tailam is useful and how many drops will be sufficient?

  19. Hi I’m suffering from sinusitis since long time.. Around 6-8 years it is.. And it’s not curing completely.. During winter it’s intolerable.. Plz suggest some ayurvedic medicine.
    Recently started using Anu thailam. What other precautionary measures should i take?

  20. Hi Dr. If using Anu Thailam to treat a facial paralysis (after many years), would ksheerabala 101 be a helpful thing to take with it? Or is there another option that could complement it instead? Thank you!

  21. Hi Dr. If using Anu Thailam to treat a facial paralysis (after many years), would ksheerabala 101 be a helpful thing to take with it? Or is there another option that could complement it instead? Thank you!

    Also, is it best to input the Anu Thailam into both sides of the nose, or only the side affected by the paralysis?

    Thank you!

  22. Can this treatment to prevent white hair, and turn back black hair?

    Can this is possible?
    (Please give me answer)

    My age only 16year and i have white hair.
    So please tell me can it possible?

    1. Absolutely, Anu Thailam can help in Sjogren’s Syndrome. However, patient also requires other internal medicines or other therapies as follows:

      1. Dry Eyes: Anu Thailam Nasya (nasal instillation), Akshi Tarpana (therapy putting Ghee in eyes), Licorice powder

      2. Dry Mouth: Panna Pishti (or Kushta Zamrud or Kurs Zamrud), Praval Pishti, Mukta Pishti, Licorice Powder

      3. Joint pain, swelling and stiffness: Trayodashang Guggulu

      4. Swollen salivary glands: Yashad Bhasma

      5. Dry Skin: Cook food in the ratio of sesame oil 30% + Cow’s Ghee 70%

      6. Persistent dry cough: Sitopaladi Churna + Cow’s Ghee

  23. bonjour,

    peut on utiliser Anu Tailam lorsque l’on a une polypose nasale ?

    Merci !

  24. Today for the first time, I tried any tell drops in my nose. Sue to lack of knowledge, I put 3-4 drops in left nostrils and then I take a deep breath. So nor it’s burning for an hour and I do not know how to treat it. Burning areas are left side back of the head, left forehead, left eyebrows, top of the head, also I tried to blow it out but I think it didn’t work.

  25. What is the best treatment for hair greying with hair fall and baldness on the scalp? How to reverse with thick and black hair regrowth?

  26. After head bath, I feel blocked nose and migraine problem. Which oil should I use?

  27. Please help me. If using this to treat a facial paralysis on one side, is it still best to input the oil into both nostrils or instead to put it only into the one side affected by the paralysis? I was recommended this oil when visiting Kerala but now don’t remember the detailed instructions. Thank you.

  28. Can I use Anu Thailam for sinus infection from a tooth issue? I do not have a lot of mucous, but my eyes are hurting.

  29. Hi sir,
    I have hearing loss and tinnitus in left year. Does this anu Tailam help in improving my condition and how to use for this problem?

    1. According to Ayurveda, the root cause of tinnitus is aggravated Vata Dosha. Nasya (nasal administration) with Anu Thailam helps in pacifying Vata Dosha. Due to this effect, it also alleviates symptoms of tinnitus. At the end of the article, we have provided information on how to use Anu Thailam. Please read that it applies to all diseases in which Anu Oil is used.

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