Narayan Oil – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Narayan Oil is an Ayurvedic oil (Thailam). It is used in the treatment of many neuro- muscular and skeleto-muscular conditions, such as arthritis, neuralgia etc. It is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic oils. It is used both for oral administration and external application. 

Narayana Oil uses:
It is useful to relieve aches and pains due to travelling.
It is useful to improve bone strength in osteoporosis and arthritis.
It is useful in joint disorders like Osteo arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, lumbar and cervical spondylosis, gout.

Orally, it is used in treatment of oligospermia, male and used as Ayurvedic medicine for infertility female.
It is used for nasal instillation to improve strength of sense organs and to treat hearing and vision problems.
It is helpful in locked jaw and toothache.
It helps to relieve testicular pain, on massage.
It is used for faster healing of tendon and ligament injury of muscles and joints.

How to use Narayana Thailam?
It is used for massage.
It is used in Ayurvedic treatment like Dhara, Nasya, Basti treatment etc.
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.

Narayana 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.

Narayana Tel ingredients:
480 grams of each of
Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Paribhadra – Erythrina variegata
Prasarini – Paedaria foetida
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Bala – Sida cordifolia
Atibala – Abutilon indicum
Shvadamshtra – Tribulus terrestris
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
Water for decoction – 49.152 liters, boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters
Taila – Sesame oil – Sesamum indicum – 3.072 liters
96 grams of fine powder of each of following, made into paste with water –
Shatapushpa – Anethum sowa
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Mamsi – Nardostachys jatamansi
Shaileyaka –  Convolvulus pluricaulis
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Tagara – Valeriana wallichi
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Ela – Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom)
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
Turagagandha – Withania somnifera
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
Shatavari rasa – Juice extract / water decoction of Asparagus racemosus – 3.072 liters
Goksheera – Cow milk / goat milk – 12.288 liters

How to prepare Narayana Tail? 
The above combination of herbs and liquids is heated till total moisture evaporates. It is then filtered and stored.

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali – Vatavyadhi – 140 – 150

Expiry date: 3 years from the date of manufacture. Once you open the seal, it is better to use it within an year.
Manufacturers – 
Vaidyaratnam, Pankajakasthuri
Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal
AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. ltd
Almost all Ayurvedic companies manufacture this oil.

Usage in proprietary Ayurvedic medicines:
Narayan tel is used as oil base to prepare liniments and herbal pain relieving oils such as Dazzle oil

How Narayana thailam acts as anti inflammatory? 
Dashamoola – the first 10 anti inflammatory ingredients. Charaka has said these 10 roots as Shothhara – anti – inflammatory.
Bala, Ashwagandha, Devadaru, Ela etc ingredients – all these are potent anti inflammatory herbs.

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  1. pannalal khan says:

    Plz Give me the name of oil for neuro-problem.

    • It really depends upon the particular neurological problem.
      For rheumatism, neuralgia etc, Narayan oil, Mahanarayana taila etc are used.
      To improve body strength, Bala taila, Ksheerabala taila, Bala Ashwagandhadi taila etc are used.

      • Dr. Hebbar,

        I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery and get lot of pain in shoulder in particular after doing physiotherapy. Does it help reliive pain and repair frozen shoulder (due to 6 weeks of inactivity following surgery)?

        • Yes, it is really beneficial. But I suggest to continue with physiotherapy treatment, it is really beneficial to restore joint movements. The pain caused by it will be taken care by this oil.
          Just before applying the Narayan oil, warm it a bit to just above room temperature.

  2. how effective is narayana thaila for complete cure of l3l4 disc prolapse

  3. Dr.abhishek pareek says:

    Please tell me diffrence b/w narayan and maha narayan oil

  4. Hello Dr. I work out regularly in treadmill. Can I apply this on knees to prevent any loss of bone due to usage. I am 45

    • Yes. surely you can apply. It helps in prevention of inflammation and improves joint flexibility. But I do not heavily rely on it to prevent bone loss, but it helps to some extent.

  5. Rithu Patke says:

    What about osteoarthritic knee pain?? Any advice??

  6. Dr. Heith Root says:

    Can Maha Nayaran be used as vaginal douche (for post-herpetic neuralgia)?

  7. I’ve been diagnosed as having uterine Adinomyosis recently. And a doctor advised to get a tummy massage done in narayana thailam often till I get my periods. Is it useful in any ways? Pl suggest any other remedy for adenomyosis.

  8. can this oil be used generally for body massage and head message even wen there is no body pain

  9. Can we use Narayana thailam for head massage on regular basis? (For problems related to Insomnia, headaches, Stress related symptoms)

  10. can it relieve varicose veins related problems or any other treatment available Dr

    • It relieves pain associated with Varicose veins. It also strengthens the veins and leg muscles. But a cure with this oil alone is hard to promise. Read more about varicose veins and Ayurvedic treatment options here –

  11. Can this be used for back pain?

  12. Hi can this oil treat tear meniscus in the knee?

  13. i had a self fall and injured my left knee. Operated for acl avulsion. Its 8 Weeks now. But still not able to walk. Knee is not flexible. Stretching and strenghtening exercises am doing. Can u pls suggest some oil for me. Thank you.

  14. Dr I am suffering from calceneal bursities since 1 year. I cannot run or jump.
    Can narayana taila cure pain associated with bursities?
    How many times a day should I apply this oil and for how many days?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello sir, Yes you can apply Narayan oil.
      Here is how:
      Everyday morning, 20 minutes before bath, sit on a chair.
      Apply Narayan oil over the entire ankle and feet.
      If possible, make a paste of garlic (25 grams), castor leaves (50 grams) and camphor (5-10 grams) – apply it over the heels. Leave it for 10 minutes. If all the three are not available, paste made of any two is good to use.
      Take a hot water tub and dip your legs in it for 3 minutes.
      Then go ahead and have bath.
      Precaution: When you apply oil to feet, you tend to slip and fall. So, walk carefully and be slow.

      • Great and Good Doctor, You mentioned below lines.

        Precaution: When you apply oil to feet, you tend to slip and fall. So, walk carefully and be slow.

  15. Hello,doctor m patient of RRMS disease.m nt walking properly( Balancing problem) n m feeling tired soon…can i also use this oil n its beneficial for me….plz guide me

  16. For hearing improvement how do I use this Narayanatailam please?

    • It is used as Nasya oil. – Read about nasya treatment here

  17. Michelle Wolfcale says:

    Hi Doctor, can this (Narayan) oil help for osteoarthritis on my neck and back. I have it on the cervical and lumbar vertabrai. In pain and limited mobility.
    Thank you.

  18. Plzz tell me remedy for capillary veins visible on my leg ankles
    These veins are spreading fastly

  19. I am staying in Delhi since last year.I had middle back pain while waking up in the morning in winter season.I had applied kottanchukkadi oil .Once the summer started pain started reducing and totally gone after 2 weeks.Dr. can u suggest some precautionary medicine that can be used before next winter in Delhi.

  20. Sir my grandmother is having knee pain is this product useful for my grandmother..

  21. can this be used for treatment of pains associated with fibromyalgia.

  22. HI Doctor,
    Shall we mix, valiya narayana oil, Balaswagandhathi thailam & Murivanna together and use it for neck pain and back pain

  23. Sir can it be used for scalp forehead and foot massage for high vata people during night bfore sleep??

  24. Hi, I have a meniscus tear and i am advised to undergo arthroscopy which i do not want to do. Will this oil help in anyway to cure the meniscus tear and avoid the arthroscopy? How long would it be before I see results?

    • Cannot be guaranteed. Oral administration of Gandha tailam – 10 drops per day, after food is recommended for a period of 2 – 3 months time, along with calcium supplements.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      For email advice, please write to our health experts here (paid service) –

  25. Mala Gopal says:

    Hello sir , i am having Frozen Shoulder in the left hand. Can i mix Karpuradi Tailam and ValiyaNarayana Tailam for massage?

  26. Doctor can this oil be used to treat trigger finger

  27. poonam prasad says:

    Hi doctor,
    Can we use this oil for curing ligament injury

  28. Sir, I am using this oil for treating my mother’s synovial fluid prob in knees and swollen ankles. Is this correct treatment, or would you prescribe something different.

  29. Hi sir whats the substance here which is giving anti inflammatory properties?

    • Dashamoola – the first 10 anti inflammatory ingredients. Charaka has said these 10 roots as Shothhara – anti – inflammatory.
      Bala, Ashwagandha, Devadaru, Ela etc ingredients – all these are potent anti inflammatory herbs.

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