Dhanwantharam Thailam (Oil)

Dhanwantharam Thailam (Oil) is ayurvedic medicated oil formulated for Vata disorders. It can be used internally (orally) and externally for the massage. Its internal oral intake and its external application both are beneficial in the treatment of paralysis, hemiplegia, quadriplegia, and wasting or physical weakness. It improves the strength of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other tissues in the body. It also acts as nervine and neuroprotective, so it plays a vital role in the neuroprotection and preserving the natural functions of the nervous system. It also supports musculoskeletal system, so it is also beneficial in the pain disorders like arthritis, osteoarthritis, knee pain, backache, and spondylosis. It effects are more observable on pain and numbness as compared to Dhanwantharam Kashayam because the sesame oil is used as its base, which is itself a potent VATASHAMAK Medicine. It is also useful in puerperal diseases, children’s diseases, urinary disorders, uterine diseases, hernia, and hydrocele.

Dhanwantharam Thailam Ingredients

Dhanwantharam Thailam is prepared from following ingredients.

  • Sesame Oil – Sesamum Indicum
  • Sida Cordifolia – Bala (roots)
  • Cow’s Milk
  • Hordeum Vulgare – Yava (Barley Grain)
  • Zizyphus Jujube – Kola
  • Dolichos Biflorus – Kulthi (Horse Gram)
  • Aegle Marmelos – Bilva (Indian Bael)
  • Premna Serratifolia (Premna Mucronata & Premna Integrifolia) – Agnimantha (Arani)
  • Oroxylum Indicum – Shyonaka
  • Stereospermum Suaveolens – Patala
  • Gmelina Arborea – Gambhari (Beech wood/Kasmari)
  • Solanum Indicum – Brihati (Indian Nightshade)
  • Solanum Xanthocarpum – Kantakari
  • Desmodium Gangeticum – Shalaparni
  • Uraria Picta – Prishnaparni
  • Tribulus Terrestris – Gokshura
  • Polygonatum Cirrhifolium – Meda
  • Polygonatum Verticillatum – Mahameda
  • Cedrus Deodara – Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar)
  • Rubia Cordifolia – Manjistha
  • Fritillaria Roylei – Kakoli
  • Lilium Polyphyllum – Ksheera Kakoli
  • Pterocarpus Santalinus – Lal Chandan (Red Sandalwood)
  • Hemidesmus Indicus – Sariva
  • Saussurea Lappa – Kushta (Indian Costus Root)
  • Valeriana Wallichii – Tagara
  • Microstylis Wallichii – Jeevak
  • Microstylis Musifera – Rishabhaka
  • Rock Salt – Sendha Namak
  • Ichnocarpus Frutescens – Kalidudhi (Kalanusari OR Black Creeper)
  • Parmelia Perlata – Shaileyam
  • Acorus Calamus – Vacha (Sweet Flag)
  • Aquilaria Agallocha – Agaru
  • Boerhavia Diffusa – Punarnava
  • Withania Somnifera – Ashwagandha
  • Asparagus Racemosus – Shatavari
  • Fritillaria Roylei – Ksheerashukla
  • Glycyrrhiza Glabra – Yashtimadhu (Mulethi)
  • Terminalia Chebula – Haritaki
  • Terminalia Bellirica – Bibhitaki
  • Emblica Officinalis – Amla
  • Anethum Graveolens – Soya (Dill) – (Anethum Sowa)
  • Phaseolus Trilobus – Mudgaparni
  • Teramnus Labialis – Mashaparni
  • Elettaria Cardamomum – Elaichi (Cardamom)
  • Cinnamomum Zeylanicum – Dalchini (Cinnamon)
  • Cinnamomum Tamala – Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf)

Pharmacological Actions

Dhanwantharam Oil pacifies Vata Aggravation and acts as a nervine tonic, neuroprotective, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and Anti-paralytic. Its oral intake can help to treat a wide range of neurological disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Its internal use acts on the nerves, muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues.

Its external application provides a sense of relief in pain, numbness, and swelling. It provides strength to the muscles and joints.

Medicinal Properties

  1. Nervine Tonic
  2. Neuroprotective
  3. Anti-paralytic
  4. Anti-rheumatic or Anti-arthritic
  5. Anti-inflammatory
  6. Analgesic
  7. Antispasmodic
  8. Carminative
  9. Antinociceptive
  10. Antioxidant
  11. Uterine tonic
  12. Adaptogenic

Ayurvedic Properties

DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)Pacifies mainly VATA DOSHA
Dhatu (Tissue) EffectMAMSA, ASTHI
Organs EffectNerves, Muscles, Bones, Joints, Ligaments, Tendons & Connective Tissues
Main IndicationVata Disorders

Therapeutic Indications

Dhanwantharam Thailam is indicated for the treatment of all types of Vata Diseases listed in Ayurveda under VATAVYADHI category of the diseases. Many of these diseases are related to disorders of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Its internal use is beneficial as a uterine tonic and used after delivery in women for restoring the natural pre-pregnancy size of the uterus and preventing its weakness.

Internal Use

Internally, Dhanwantharam Thailam is beneficial in following diseases:

  • Paralysis
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Quadriplegia
  • Hemiplegia
  • Tissue Wasting (or consumption)
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Muscular Pains
  • Spondylosis – Cervical, thoracic, or lumbar
  • Backache
  • Rheumatic diseases – Osteoarthritis & Joint Pains
  • Hernia
  • Hydrocele
  • Uterine Atony
  • Endometriosis

External Use

Externally, Dhanwantharam Oil is used as most common massage oil in Ayurveda. It gives a feeling of relaxation, gives relief from local pain, numbness, and joint swellings. It also tones the muscles and improves the strength. In Particular, its massage is recommended in following diseases:

  • Quadriplegia
  • Hemiplegia
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Muscular Pains
  • Backache
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Pain

Dosage & Administration

Dhanwantharam Thailam can be used in massage or local application as per requirement. Its internal dosage should be described here:

Internal Dosage of Dhanwantharam Thailam

The general dosage of Dhanwantharam Thailam is as follows.
Children5 to 10 Drops *
Adults10 to 20 Drops *
Maximum Possible Dosage60 Drops Per Day (in divided doses) **
* Twice a day with Dhanwantharam Kashayam or Warm Milk
Best Time to Take: Before Meal
** The maximum dosage of Dhanwantharam Thailam is a general estimate. However, Dhanwantharam Oil can be taken up to 10 grams (2 teaspoons) per day. In this dosage, it gives maximum and quick relief in arthritic pain. Dhanwantharam Thailam in high dosage acts as a potent analgesic and it is helpful for relieving moderate to severe joint pain and stiffness occurring in osteoarthritis. When it is used in high dosage, it can cause belching with the taste of Dhanwantharam Oil in some patients, which can last for 30 minutes to 3 hours after its use. In such cases, warm water should be sipped frequently.

Safety Profile

The external application of Dhanwantharam Thailam is Likely Safe. Its internal use is also considerably safe when used in dosage less than 60 Drops per day.

Side Effects

There are no side effects reported with Dhanwantharam Thailam external application. Oral intake of Dhanwantharam Oil also has no side effects when used in recommended dosage. In high dosage (more than 5 ml), it can cause following side effects:

  • Indigestion
  • Belching with taste of Dhanwantharam Oil
  • Abdominal Discomfort

Pregnancy & Lactation

The safety profile of internal intake of Dhanwantharam Thailam is not well established for pregnant women. However, it can be used for massage or as external application without any issue during pregnancy.

Dhanwantharam Thailam is likely to be safe to consume by lactating mothers. There are no adverse effects reported with the use of Dhanwantharam Oil in lactating mothers and breastfeeding babies.


There are no absolute contraindications for Dhanwantharam Thailam.


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  • Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group
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