Anu Thailam Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

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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. Glycyrrhiza glabra (Yashtimadhu)
  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

Indications

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

Eyes

  • 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.

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44 Comments

  1. AMSI says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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. AMSI says

    It’s clear now. Thanks for the detailed response!

  3. Divya says

    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?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Anu Oil decongests the nasal passage and sinuses and may temporarily increase phlegm during its use.

  4. jaya says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  5. Mohan Lal Narang says

    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.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Both are good, but Shadbindu Oil would be more beneficial in your case.

  6. Amutha says

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

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Anu Thailam can cure sinus problems. It also helps in management and prevention of acute attack of asthma, but it may not cure the asthma.

  7. SUNU says

    Does Anu Tail help in bad smell from the nose and mild sinus problem?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      The regular instillation of Anu Oil helps reducing both bad smell and sinusitis.

  8. Rajagopal says

    Will anu thailam help curing septal deviation too?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  9. Kathleen says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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. Kathleen says

        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.

  10. saba says

    I am taking antidepressant. Can I go for Nasya as I am suffering from sinus?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  11. Deepak Oberoi says

    Thanks for details on wonderful oil Anu Thailam.

  12. V.B.Srivastava says

    May I use Anu Thailam for hair growth? Is it helpful in man type baldness?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  13. Kalaivani says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  14. manjunath says

    Are there any side effects by taking anu thailam with homeopathic pills?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  15. Denis Bednarek says

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

  16. Ajay singh says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  17. rajendra b says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  18. Mahesh Pandit says

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

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Anu Thailam is helpful along with other ayurvedic medicines to treat cervical spondylosis and neck pain or jaw pain.

  19. Sekhar says

    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. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      1. 2 Drops in each nostril.
      2. You can instill Anu Thailam any time before or after brushing as per your convenience.

  20. S N DESHPANDE says

    Will Anu thailam help in sleep apnea problem?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      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.

  21. Sandeep says

    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

  22. Ravi says

    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?

  23. Sagar says

    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?

  24. Lokeshwari says

    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…….?

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