Mahanarayan Oil (also called Mahanarayana Thailam) is ayurvedic medicated oil prepared using sesame oil as a base and processed in several medicinal herbs that improves strength of the muscles, bones and joints. It has soothing effect and reduces joint inflammation. It is effective remedy for all types of arthritic disorders especially for osteoarthritis. Its internal use gives instant relief from the knee pain. Its external use reduces joint inflammation and muscle fatigue.
The analgesic effect of this oil is not instant when applied externally. For instant pain relief, it is advised to take orally. Its oral intake has potent action against osteoarthritis and many people get relief from severe knee pain within a first of week of its regular use.
Mahanarayan Oil (Mahanarayana Thailam) contains following ingredients.
|INGREDIENTS||QUANTITY (FOR PREPARATION)|
|Herbs for Decoction|
|Aegle Marmelos – Bilva (Indian Bael) root||1 Kg|
|Withania Somnifera – Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)||1 Kg|
|Solanum Indicum – Brihati (Indian Nightshade) root||1 Kg|
|Tribulus Terrestris – Gokshura||1 Kg|
|Oroxylum Indicum – Shyonaka||1 Kg|
|Sida Cordifolia Root – Bala (Country Mallow) root||1 Kg|
|Erythrina Variegata – Paribhadra or Azadirachta Indica – Neem||1 Kg|
|Solanum Xanthocarpum – Kantakari||1 Kg|
|Boerhavia Diffusa – Punarnava||1 Kg|
|Abutilon Indicum – Atibala (Indian Mallow)||1 Kg|
|Premna Serratifolia (Premna Mucronata & Premna Integrifolia) – Agnimantha (Arani)||1 Kg|
|Paederia Foetida – Prasarini||1 Kg|
|Stereospermum Suaveolens – Patala||1 Kg|
|Water for making Decoction||100 liters|
|The decoction is prepared with above herbs and water is reduced to one fourth (i.e. 25 liters)|
|Sesamum Indicum – Sesame Oil (Til Tail)||6.4 liters|
|Goat Milk or Cow’s Milk||6.4 liters|
|Asparagus Racemosus – Shatavari Juice||6.4 liters|
|Herbs for Kalka (Paste)|
|Pluchea Lanceolata – Rasna||100 grams|
|Withania Somnifera – Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)||100 grams|
|Anethum Sowa – Mishi (Indian Dill) fruit||100 grams|
|Cedrus Deodara – Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar)||100 grams|
|Saussurea Lappa – Kushta (Indian Costus Root)||100 grams|
|Desmodium Gangeticum – Shalaparni||100 grams|
|Uraria Picta – Prishnaparni||100 grams|
|Phaseolus Trilobus – Mudgaparni||100 grams|
|Teramnus Labialis – Mashaparni||100 grams|
|Aquilaria Agallocha – Agaru (Agarwood)||100 grams|
|Mesua Ferrea – Nagkesar||100 grams|
|Rock Salt (Sendha Namak or Halite)||100 grams|
|Nardostachys Jatamansi – Spikenard root||100 grams|
|Curcuma Longa – Haldi (Turmeric)||100 grams|
|Berberis Aristata – Daruhaldi||100 grams|
|Parmelia Perlata – Shaileyam||100 grams|
|Pterocarpus Santalinus – Lal Chandan (Red Sandalwood)||100 grams|
|Inula Racemosa – Pushkarmool||100 grams|
|Elettaria Cardamomum – Elaichi (Cardamom)||100 grams|
|Rubia Cordifolia – Manjistha (Indian Madder)||100 grams|
|Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza Glabra||100 grams|
|Valeriana Wallichii – Tagara (Indian Valerian)||100 grams|
|Cyperus Rotundus – Mustak (Nut grass)||100 grams|
|Cinnamomum Tamala – Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf)||100 grams|
|Eclipta Alba – Bhringraj||100 grams|
|Jivaka (Jeevak)||100 grams|
|Rishabhaka (Rishabhi)||100 grams|
|Ksheera Kakoli||100 grams|
|Pavonia Odorata – Ambu, Gandhbala||100 grams|
|Acorus Calamus – Vacha (Sweet flag)||100 grams|
|Butea Monosperma – Palash||100 grams|
|Clerodendrum Infortunatum – Titabhamt||100 grams|
|Boerhavia Erecta – Pandhari Punarnava (Shweta)||100 grams|
|Angelica Glauca – Choraka||100 grams|
|Cinnamomum camphor – Karpur||50 grams|
|Crocus Sativus – Kesar (Saffron)||50 grams|
|Kasturi (Musk)||50 grams|
|The mixture is boiled and simmered until the oil remains and filtered to get Maha Narayan Oil.|
|Reference: BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI, CHAPTER 26, VATAVYADHI ROGADHIKARA, Verse: 343 to 354 & BHAVAPRAKASHA CHIKITSA|
Mahanarayan Oil (Mahanarayana Thailam) is tonic for nervous system and musculoskeletal system. According to ayurveda, it pacifies VATA and reduces all VATA symptoms. When taken internally, it exerts potent anti-inflammatory action and provides strength to the bones, muscles and joints.
In ayurveda, Mahanarayan Oil is indicated in all types of VATA VYADI (diseases due to aggravated Vata, mainly related to nerves, bones, muscles & joints). A brief list of Mahanarayana Thailam is given below:
- Bell’s palsy (Facial Palsy)
- Hearing loss or deafness
- Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis)
- Lock Jaw or Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Female Infertility
- Intestinal Gas and bloating
- Hypoglossal Nerve Palsy or Tongue Deviation
- Schizophrenia, Mania and Psychosis
Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Nowadays, Mahanarayan Oil is famous for external application in joint pains. It gives substantial improvement in VATA disorders when taken internally. The therapeutic effect of Mahanarayan Tail is observed on bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and synovial fluid.
Many ayurvedic doctors only use Mahanarayan Oil for the massage of affected joints with osteoarthritis, but it gives substantial improvement in pain and joint flexibility when taken internally. 5 ml Mahanarayan Oil (as recommended in dosage section below) should be taken with milk 2 times a day. A week therapy with it gives relief from the joint pain and grating sensation. It reduces joint tenderness and stiffness and improves flexibility of the joints.
According to ayurveda, Vata is responsible for loss of cartilage or wear and tear of the cartilage in osteoarthritis. Mahanarayan Oil pacifies Vata and has protective effects against wear and tear of the cartilage and it improves synovial fluid. Symptomatic relief is observable within the first week of its internal use. Patients require knee replacement must give a try with this oil before taking a big decision. Many of our patients have got significant improvement only with Mahanarayan Oil. We also use following herbal mixture for additional support in osteoarthritis.
|Ashwagandha – Withania Somnifera||1000 mg|
|Mustak – Cyprus Rotundus||500 mg|
|Shatavari – Asparagus Racemosus||500 mg|
|Gokshura – Tribulus Terrestris||500 mg|
|Shallaki – Boswellia Serrata||500 mg|
|Purified Guggul||250 mg|
|Trikatu Churna||125 mg|
|This mixture should be taken with milk by thin people and obese people should take this mixture with warm water.|
Massage with Mahanarayan Oil should be done at least for 40 minutes to get better results; otherwise, its external use is not worthy than simple sesame oil processed with Jaiphal (Nutmeg).
Dosage & Administration
Mahanarayan Oil can be taken orally and used in massage.
Oral Use (Internal Administration)
It should be noted that Mahanarayan Oil should only be taken internally (by mouth) if patient has good appetite. If patient has loss of appetite, indigestion and gastritis, then these conditions should be treated well before starting internal administration of this oil. The main point is patient can digest the Mahanarayan Oil easily without any trouble.
|The general dosage of Mahanarayan Oil (Mahanarayana Thailam) is as follows.|
|Children||2.5 ml (1/2 teaspoon) *|
|Adults||5 ml (1 teaspoon) *|
|Maximum Possible Dosage||20 ml Per Day (in divided doses)|
|* With warm milk|
|Best Time to Take: VATA KALA (Evening 2 PM to 6 PM and Late Night 2 AM to 6 AM). If taking it in this time is not possible, then it should be taken on empty stomach in the early morning and in the evening around 5 PM.|
External Use (Massage)
Mahanarayan Oil can be applied on the affected parts. The massage should be done for at least 40 minutes for the best results.
The external application of Mahanarayan Oil is considerably safe, but internal intake is also well tolerated in most individuals with good appetite. It should not be given to patients having loss of appetite, indigestion and AMA condition.
External application or massage with Mahanarayan Oil likely safe and does not have any side effects.
Side effects of Mahanarayan Oil when taken orally
However, when Mahanarayan Oil is used wisely, it does not cause any side effects, but if it is given to patients who are not eligible for its tolerance and having low digestive power or AMA condition like Rheumatoid Arthritis etc., it can worsen the symptoms. The most common side effects of oral intake are:
- Loss of appetite
- Acid reflux
Internal intake of Mahanarayan Oil is contraindicated in all conditions listed in Snehana (Oleation therapy) Contraindications here. Digestive power of patient should be analyzed before giving Mahanarayan Oil for oral intake.