Dhanwantharam Thailam – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Dhanwantharam Thailam is an Ayurvedic oil. It is used in the treatment of Vata diseases such as Rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, spondylosis, headache and neuro-muscular conditions.  This oil is based on Kerala Ayurveda practice.

Effect on Tridosha:
Effective on Vata and Kapha mixed Vata condition.

Dhanwantharam Tailam uses:
It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, neck pain and back ache due to spondylosis,
It is useful in treatment of neurological conditions such as Neuritis, Neuralgia, paralysis, facial palsy, etc.

How to use Dhanwantharam oil?
It is used for massage.
It is used in Ayurvedic treatment like Dhara, Basti treatment etc.
101 times processed oil, called Dhanwantharam 101  -is used for oral administration.
Dose for oral intake is – 5 – 20 drops once or twice a day, before food, with warm water or warm milk, as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
This oil is used for massage for ladies, after delivery, to improve body strength.
It is also used as massage oil for babies.
Internal use is advised to relieve fever, bloating and urinary diseases.

Dhanwantaram Tailam side effects:
No side effects are known with this oil, on external administration.
Oil’s oral intake should only be done strictly under medical supervision.

Dhanwantharam Tailam ingredients:
Balamoola – Sida cordifolia – 4.608 kg
Water for decoction – 36.864 liters, boiled and reduced to 4.608 liters
Paya – cow milk – 4.608 liters
768 grams of total of
Yava – Barley – Hordeum vulgare
Kola – Zyziphus jujuba
Kulattha – Horse gram – Dolichos biflorus
Dashamoola – group of ten roots
Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Gambhari – Gmelina arborea
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Water for decoction – 6.144 liters, boiled and reduced to 768 ml.
Taila – Oil of Sesamum indicum
Paste made of 6 grams of each of –
Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Mahameda – Polygonatum verticillatum
Daru – Cedrus deodara
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Ksheerakakoli – Lilium polyphyllum
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Tagara – Valeriana wallichi
Jeevaka – Malaxis acuminata
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Kalanusari – Valeriana wallichi
Shaileya – Convolvulus pluricaulis
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
Ksheerashukla – Ipomoea mauritiana
Yashti – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica
Amla – Emblica officinalis
Shatahva – Asparagus
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Twak – Cinnamon – Cinnamomum camphora
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala
How to prepare? 

This Taila when prepared with Avartana process is known as Dhanvantara Taila Avartana, wherein, the oil making is repeated for 101 times.

Reference: Sahasrayoga Tailayoga Prakarana 1, Astanga Hridayam.

Expiry date: 3 years from the date of manufacture. Once you open the seal, it is better to use it within an year.
Manufacturers – 
Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal, Pankajakasthuri, AVN.

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  1. Does it make any difference if we just apply the oil or if we warm it a little before applying ?

  2. I am 23 weeks pregnant and suffering from round ligament pain.can I use this thailam for the same..

    • Hi, yes, you can apply this oil to lower abdomen, 10 minutes before bath to lower abdomen to relieve pain. Just apply it and leave it. Do not put pressure on the abdomen. Do not massage.

  3. Hi Dr,
    Is it fine to take this drops after food. I was directed by an Ayurveda clinic that I should take it after food. But here it is written the other way.


    • It is fine to take this after food.
      There are many factors considered for time of medicine administration (before food / after food etc) – read here – easyayurveda.com/2013/08/05/how-time-of-medicine-administration-is-decided-in-ayurveda/

  4. I am 5 moths pregnant, how to apply this Dhanwantram Kuzhumbu

  5. varghese says:

    dhanwantharam 101,Has any pathya

  6. krishna says:

    Hi doctor,
    I had a major abdominal surgery for a ruptured uterus , now almost half of my abdomen is totally numb to any sensation. I cant even geel my touch.its already been more than 2 months. Is there any oil in ayurveda which can help regain the sensation. Or any ayurvedic medicine which i can take orally to regain sensation.

  7. Doctor how should be applied for neurological problems in kids. My kid has been diagnosed with GBS and someone has recommended the use of this oil for better nerve conduction. Is it the best oil available or you have something else also?



  9. Hello sir
    My father lost his two limbs three months back. no improvement till now so can i use this thailam?

  10. Is it effective in treating kidney disorder patients?

  11. SANJAY VORA says:


  12. Hi

    Applying this thanvantri thailam in private part during pregnancy (3rd trimester) is safe? will it induce normal delivery?

  13. By mistake my maid mixed a small amount of dhanvantram oil with a full bottle of hair oil. Will it be harmful If I use the hair oil ?

  14. Hai Sir,

    I am 23 years old Male.I am suffering from spondylo arthritis for the past 8 years.Almost all my bone joints have stiffness and pain.I have started using dhanwantharam thailam for massage before bath.How much time i have to use to get the result/within how many days i will fell the difference?.


    • hi..,
      sorry about your condition. dhanwantharam tailam external application will help you sure. but along with, it is better you take some internal medications also which together will give you a good result.

  15. Can we apply this thailam for leg pain overnight N take bath at morning?

  16. Hi Doctor,

    My mother is suffering from her foot problem from last 10-12 years. She has unbearable pain in her feet. Is this oil will be effective for her. please reply?

  17. Can I use it for migraine and sinusitis? my friend said that using dhanwantharam make us fatty look.is it true?

  18. Sir,
    I got Knee tear & doctor told it required a small surgery. When I went for a second opinion that doctor told that my legs strength is too weak , so start with the exercises & will see. I have a pain & can’t bend my leg fully(pain in knee) while sitting on ground & also there is pain while going upstairs and downstairs & sitting or standing for a long time.
    Now, I’m going for Physiotherapy & doing excercises.

    So Sir, Is there any oil so that my legs muscle become strong & reduce pain. Somebody told me to apply Dhanvantharam Kuzhampu. Can I apply that oil or is there any other better oil than this !
    Sir, Please reply.
    Thank you.

  19. Lhendup Dorji says:

    I’m having lower back pain, Can I use this oil for potly.. .. Or can u suggest me which oil would be best for potly…

  20. p v Subbarao says:

    I am suffering with ct syndrome in my left palm can I massage this thailam

  21. I had my delivery before 2 months via c section..is this oil useful in reducing back pain due to cesarean section?? can you please advice me when should I start applying it…??? will it have effect if start using it now.?

  22. My Son 14 years of age is getting thigh muscle pain, when running or standing for longer time. Can I use Dhanwantharam thailam or do you suggest any other thailam.

    Thank you.

  23. can a man can use this oil, on his private part?

  24. Hai sir,
    i am suffering from shoulder dislocation about ten years.
    when i consultant alopathy doctor he told me to do surgery,but somepeople told that after surgery, movement
    of shoulder will decrese after surgery. Ayurvedic vaidyas also told me no treatment for that..sir can u give me suggestion for this problem and which oil btter for me..

    • dhanwantaram tailam will do good for your problem. for oral medication you have to consult an Ayurveda doctor in person so that he could analyse your body and condition of your problem thoroughly and treat it accordingly.

  25. Hi doctor,
    I am suffering from stiffness and pain in my left thumb since last three weeks. It started with a craking sound and I felt like as if it is broken. Can I use Dhanwantharam thailam or any other product which is more useful? I am 53 years old. Please help. There is no change in my condition till now.

  26. Hello! I am 22 weeks pregnant. I have been advised to use dhanwantaram tailam. Please tell me how to use it, how often to use. And also, is dhanwantaram tailam advisable or dhanwantaram kuzambhu. What is the differrnce between the two. Can I gently apply it all over my body except face n head. Does it help in preventing stretch marks and improves immunity.

    • you are supposed to apply the oil over low back and abdomen and massage gently. it will prevent false pains, stretch marks and facilitates easy normal delivery in future. kuzhampu and taila both are same doing similar actions.

    • you are supposed to apply this oil over low back and abdomen and massage gently. it will prevent false pains, stretch marks and facilitates easy normal delivery in future. kuzhampu and taila both are same doing similar actions. and you can use this daily before bath.

  27. Hi sir,

    I am suffering from TENNIS ELBOW. I am a cricketer and waiting to get back on field from last one year. when I do bowling along with the elbow my entire forearm pains and i can feel each nerve of the forearm. i have consulted a Nadi doctor and he has suggested oral medication of dhanwantharam 101 capsule. I am also using MURIVENNA and MAHANARAYANA THAILA. will this combination work for TENNIS ELBOW? because as i read from the blogs these oils are used for various other purposes and there is no mention of their usage for tennis elbow condition. please suggest. thanks.

  28. hi sir,
    i am suffering from TENNIS ELBOW for past one year. I am a cricketer and henever i bowl i get excessive pain in elbow joint and throughout the forearm. i can actually feel each nerve of the forearm. i have consulted NADI doctor and he has suggested oral medication of dhanwantharam 101 capsule. along with this i am also using MURIVENNA and MAHANARAYAN THAILA. will this combination work for tennis elbow. I need a cure for my problem and not relief. I want to cure the tennis elbow completely. please suggest.

  29. My son is Arthritis pain in thighs, when he stands for long time or plays. I sent him to Physio therappy, but not getting relief. What medicine you prescribe.

  30. How can i purchase this sri thailam oil… how can i order it… can u give us a direct for purchasing by online process

  31. Hello Doctor, my mother is 72 Years old and she is suffering from knee pain. The doctors here have said that it is osteoarthritis. Can she apply Dhanvantara Taila on affected parts to cure. Please explain the procedure to use it in proper way? Thanks & Regards, Ravindra.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Yes sir, You can apply it. When using on daily basis (other than for treatment purposes), a small amount of oil is poured into a container and heated up to 36-40 degree celsius and is gently massaged into skin. The oil is rubbed off with a clean cloth or a lukewarm shower after an hour.

  32. I had c section delivery 15 days before. Shall I use this product

  33. Hello Sir,

    I have Cervical Spondylosis, I gat pain at my Right arm. Can I use this Thailam? How and when.


    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello sir, Yes you can use this thailam. Apply warm oil and massage your arm. Use long strokes on the limbs (arms) and circular strokes on the joints (elbows). Always massage toward the direction of your heart. Leave it for 30 minutes so that the oil can absorb and penetrate into the deeper layers of the body. Have a warm water bath later. Blot the towel on your body instead of rubbing vigorously.

  34. Hi,my son age is 6 years born in 7th month, he can’t sit,can’t stand him self.we are using mentat syr-+For massage mahanarayana tailam.pls sugust good medicine

    • Hi, in your son’s case, mere oral medicines might not be sufficient. He needs Ayurvedic therapies such as massage and physiotherapy. Please consult an Ayurveda center with massage facility.

      • Please sugust a good doctor in ayurveda in Hyderabad or you can sugust us medicines pls

        • Hi,any Doctor can sugust me medicine Oral + massage oil for my son condition ,sugust me any doctor who treat’s this type of conditions please

  35. Akanksha says:

    Hi Doctor, I had a facial injury 3 months back due to which I still have slight swelling and pain . Can I use this oil. Or do you suggest any other oil? Thanks

  36. syedanjum jafri says:

    Dr sahab i am suffering from spondolesthesis and disc bulge at l4/5. Got severe pain not much options in allopathy.got prescribed dhanvantaram 101 cap by ayurvedic dr .u say it should be taken under strict caution pl can u put some light on its side effects.thanks

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello sir, There are no known side effects by taking this medication. The oral intake of the oil should be taken under supervision.

      Note: Because we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. And the dosage is taken into consideration seeing several factors which include the age, sex and health of the individual.

  37. I had meniscus tear in both my knees,got an arthroscopy done but I still have pain in taking. the staircase,getting up ,folding the feet.Please suggest me some oil for my knees.

  38. I am 55 years old man working in gulf region. Nowadays I am feeling slight pain on my chest (left side) some time feeling just like pinning , I consult the doctors and according to them this is due to gas problem in my stomatch, kindly confirm whether I can apply dhanwantaram cream and how to apply..

  39. Latha John says:

    Hi doctor

    I am suffering from knee pain (both knees) since last week. It started suddenly after getting down from my car. I can’t walk properly . My knees are stiff and burning sensation is also there. I am 53 years old. Please advice a treatment. I will be travelling to India after three days Please help me doctor.

    Thank you

    Latha John

  40. Hello Doctor,

    I bought dhanwantharam kuzhapu last year and i wanted to apply it now as i am 7 months pregnant. But when i checked the date it expired on may 2016. can i use it even after its expiration date? as i am leaving in USA i can not get a new one. egarley waiting for your reply


  41. Hi, we have to apply the oil only before the bath?? Or we can stay overnight??

  42. Hello, we have to apply the oil only before bath or we can stay overnight..

  43. Hallo Dr.iam 7month pregnant.can I mix this oil with pindathailam

  44. Hi doctor, I am on my 15th day after delivery. I started using this thailam on my 3rd day with turmeric on the whole body for one hour followed by a hot water bath..how many days I have to use this? Should it be used for the whole 40 days or should I stop before that since we start doing household chores after 40 days?…some people suggest that its not advisable to use for 40 days as we start doing household works.what is your opinion doctor. How many days should I use this?or else what will I replace with this?

    • Massage with this oil + turmeric can be continued till 40 days. No problem with it. After that, you can stop it or continue massage once or twice a week, based on your comfort. There is also no rule that massage should be stopped after 40 days. Longer the massage days, better.

  45. Hello doctor i have pain near the chest area. Its not constant pain… for some postures i get pain.. Consulted the allopathic doc they say its called ribcage pain.. took tablets but its not gone .. probably i have carried heavy weight.. please let me know any external massage oil will help. Thanks

  46. GOWTHAMAN says:

    my father aged 79 and he suffering in right side paralysis. his right hand is shaking while he stand up. please suggest me good medicine

  47. Hai doctor
    I am 32 years old. I have 4 years boy. Can I use danvnthari tailam on my abdominal stomach (c section)now.

  48. Alpa Mehta says:

    Hello Doctor,
    I have sciatica pain and also lumps in my upper thighs. Can I use this oil for regular massage?

  49. I have 8months baby.it is useful remove my postportum belly.

  50. I have 8months baby my stamuch is look like 3months pregnant it is useful to remove my pistportum belly

  51. Hello, I have a torn meniscus on my right knee and a minor arthritis. As a result my knee is painfull and cannot do sport and move freely. Can this oil help to get the mobility back? How should I use it? and where can I buy this product? I am living in the Netherlands.



  52. Sir I have sexual weakness.. Can I use this oil for Penis massage??

  53. Manish Purohit says:

    Sir, my mother has frequent leg / joint pains and her muscles are also weak. Kindly advise whether regular massaging of this oil will help? If Yes, please also advise the manner of applying. Also, please suggest the url from where this can be bought online (I am putting up in Delhi).

    Many thanks for your advise.

  54. Can this oil be used for general body massage for getting strength and freshness

  55. Hello Dr,
    My mom is suffering from frozen shoulder for close to 2 yrs now. She is 70% healed with physiotherapy. Can I use this oil to massage the shoulder?
    Thank u.

  56. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last year. Muscle aches and joint pains wax and wain. I use Combiflan when I need relief. I found some Dhanvantaram 101 soft gels given to me by someone (not doctor) a year ago. Can I use them for my symtoms?

  57. Hi Sir,
    Both my mum and dad have severe Osteoarthritis, may due to their advance age. Mum is 65 years and dad is 75 years. However, they both are undergoing Homeopathic medication as of now.

    I’m planning to buy this Oil for both in the coming week.

    Wanted your advice on what should be the procedure followed to use this Oil?
    And will it cause any problem with homeopathy medication?

    Kindly give your insights and guidance.

  58. Hi Dr. I just been diagnosed with spino cerebellar Ataxia. And I have rheumatoid arthritis I battle with leg cramps specially at night they seem to go in a spasam and also my ear is buzzing all the time I can use it. I have the other symptoms but these 2 is the worst. I am in South Africa so I don’t think I can visit a centre? How would I purchase and what would you suggest I use? Thanks Sharon (49 years female)

    • Hi, please contact one among the two Ayurveda centers in South Africa

      Ayurshakti Ayurveda Wellness Centre
      Address: 9 Nimmo Rd, Durban, 4001, South Africa
      Phone:+27 31 312 4432

      Kerala Ayurvedic Centre
      Address: 15 Steel Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001, South Africa
      Phone:+27 31 303 7200

  59. Do we have to follow with hot water bath after application of oil or would regular water do. And how often do we have to apply the oil to experience its benefits?

  60. Hello Dr, my husband is suffering from trigger finger in thumb and ring finger since one year. Will dhanvatari Thailam be useful? How should it be applied?

  61. When i applied dhanvantari taila to forehead i lost my entire sleep. Is it bcoz of tht sir?? Pls suggest me a oil for scalp nd forehead for my insomnia. I feel my vata is completely disturbed

  62. Dear Dr JV Hebbar,

    I’m 33 years old male, can I use dhanwantharam thailam daily for abayangam?. Or else which oil do you recommend for daily massage?


  63. Am suffering from Hip osteo arthrithis. After doing MRI my orthopedician told me that it is in mild stage. I can able to walk without any problem. Am having issue in lifting the weights, walking for long time and running, when i perform this activities there will be pain in the joint. Am doing self abayangam using dhanwantharam thailam daily and taking aloe vera juice 15 ml twice a day and rumalaya forte one tablet twice a day. Is this medicine are good enough to cure my problem?

  64. Dear Sir
    Can I use the thailam for osteoporosis of knee. How do I use it.

  65. I doctor my Age is 33 years, Am suffering from Hip Osteo arthritis from last 6 months and as per my Orthopedician it is in begining stage.
    Am massaging my hip and body with this oil from last 1 month and i can feel some good relief.Also Am taking Aloe vera juice 15ml twice a day and Rumalaya forte 1 tablet twice a day.
    Medicine which am taking is good enough to cure my problem ?

  66. Dr Hebbar, a few questions:
    1. Can Dhanawantari Tailam be used for the face and hair during Abhyanga
    2. Is this oil good for people with all constitutions? (vata, pitta , kapha)
    3. If not, what would you recommend for someone with vata & kapha doshas and someone with pitta and kapha doshas?
    4. How important is sveda? since this cant be done at home for most people

    • 1. Yes.
      2. Yes.
      3. Mahanarayana taila
      4. A towel dipped in hot water can be used for mopping or simply hot water bath after massage acts as Swedana, which can easily be done at home.

  67. Sir I have heel pain nd irretation. Pl suggest me.

  68. Hello sir,
    Can Dhanwantharam Tailam be applied on entire body including hair. Can we use this oil for abhyangam.

  69. Pradeep Panicker says:

    Hello Sir, can i do mild excercise after applying dhanwantharam kuzhampu. Does sweating after application of kuzhampu reduces the good effects?

  70. Hello sir
    My daughter is 3yrs10months , she is suffering leg pain in calf muscles . Doc say that it is either growing pain or vitamin D deficiency .
    Can we use Danavantari tailam and pinda tailam on her legs before bath ?

  71. Hello dr. I had ankle bimaellor fracture n undergone surgery. The have kept iron plate and screw. Now, it’s one month now. Can I use dhanvantri for external application coz I have swelling in my foot. Suggest some food n external applicant for easy healing

  72. arsene lupin says:

    Hello, is this Thailam good for people with multiple sclerosis

  73. Can I use the tailam on my face???

  74. Sir
    I am 6 months pregnant. Using dhanwantharam taila from kottakal everyday on breasts and abdomen and pelvic floor muscles. After 30mins of massage I take hot water bath and apply running hot water from shower to oiled areas. After bath I feel as though am getting period and menstrual cramp feeling. Am I doing any mistake or is the cramp and bath just a Co incidence. Pls help

    • It is a co-incidence. usually after 6 months, some mothers start having periods. This may be an indication of that. You can continue using this oil for massage. Happy parenting 🙂

  75. Sir is there any side effect of using dwanantharam thailam which is expired in 2013 for body massage after delivery..

  76. I have been suffering PCOS AND PCOD problem
    dhanwantharam thailam useful for this problem

    • Yes, along with other medicines such as Kanchanara guggulu.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  77. Can this tailam be used for basti treatment for pcos
    Ihave been getting this treatment but will it helpme cure?

  78. prasanna says:

    I was afflicted by Chickgunguniya in 2013. Ever since my pain is unbearable in the feet muscles , ankles. and also muscles slightly above ankle.After walking or standing for a long time i get pain. Can you suggest Oils that I can apply . I have been using Dhanwantharam thailam on and off .Can I use narayana thailam also?. I am leading a healthy active life even though I have severe pain. My finger joints are affected too.Rheumatoid .I have neuro pain too and burning in the palms and feet.

    My mother is 79 years and has pain in the thighs when she sits for a long time and gets up, Can she use Dhanwantharam oil?

    • You can use mahanarayana taila.
      Apply Vatari liniment – 2 – 3 times a day to the painful area. – http://amzn.to/2cyjB6X

      You mother can also apply Dhanwantharam tailam.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

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