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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 –

  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 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 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 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..

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