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

Mahanarayan Oil is  a very famous herbal oil used in Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis, paralysis,  and eye diseases. This oil is used for external application, orally and for many Ayurvedic therapies.

Mahanarayan Oil  Uses: 

It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of Facial palsy, Hearing loss, Deafness, Paraplegia, tremors, Neck rigidity/Torticollis, Lock jaw, wasting of hands and legs, Oligospermia, Infertility, Tooth ache, bloating, Headache, Glossal palsy, Dental Pain, Mania/Psychosis, Hump-back/Kyphosis, Fever.

It is used in anti aging treatment.

It helps to relieve emaciation, tendon tear, fractures and all types of arthritis.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta

How to use Mahanarayan Tail?
It is used to external application.
It is used in many Ayurvedic treatments such as Anuvasana basti, Janubasti, Nasya etc.
It is also given orally in a dose of 3 – 5 ml, once or two times  a day, before food with warm water or milk.

Mahanarayan Tel side effects and precautions:
There are no known side effects on external application of this oil.
Oral administration, Nasya and other therapies should strictly be done under medical supervision.
Keep out of sight and reach of children. store in cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.

How long to use Mahanarayana Thailam? 
For external use, it can be used for a long period of time.
Oral usage is done usually for not more than 3 – 4 months.
It can be used as a general body massage oil for a very long time.

Mahanarayana Tailam ingredients:
960 g of each of coarse powder of –
Bilva – Bael (root) – Aegle marmelos
Ashwagandha – Winter Cherry / Indian ginseng – Withania somnifera
Brihati – Indian Nightshade (root) – Solanum indicum
Swadamshtra – Tribulus terrestris
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Bala – Country mallow (root) – Sida cordifolia
Paribhadra – Erythrina variegate
Kshudra – Solanum xanthocarpum
Kathila – Boerhaavia diffusa
Atibala – Abutilon indicum
Agnimantha – Premna corymbosa / mucronata Root
Prasarini – Paederia foetida
Patala – Trumpet (root) – Sterospermum suaveolens
Water for decoction – 98.304 liters, boiled and reduced to 24.576 liters.
Taila – Oil of Sesamum indicum – 6.144 kg
Ajadugdha – Goat milk – 6.144 liters
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus – juice extract – 6.144 liters
Paste prepared with 96 g of fine powder of each of –
Rasna- Pluchea lanceolata
Ashwagandha – Winter Cherry / Indian ginseng (root) – Withania somnifera
Mishi – Indian Dill (fruit) 0 Anethum sowa / Peucedanum graveolens
Daru – Himalayan Cedar (bark) – Cedrus deodara
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishniparni – Root – Uraria picta
Mudgaparni – Phaseolus trilobus
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis Spreng.
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
Nagakeshara – Mesua ferrea
Saindhava – Rock Salt
Mamsi – Nardostachys jatamansi
Haridra – Turmeric Rhizome – Curcuma Longa
Daruharidra – Tree turmeric (stem) – Berberis aristata
Shaileya – Parmelia perlata
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Pushkara – Inula racemosa
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Manjishta – Indian Madder (root) – Rubia cordifolia
Yashtimadhu – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Tagara – Indian Valerian (root) – Valeriana wallichi
Abda – Nut grass (root) – Cyperus rotundus
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala
Bhringaraja – Eclipta alba
Jivaka – Malaxis acuminata D.Don / Microstylis wallichii Lindl.
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard / Mimusoops hexandra Roxb.
Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Mahameda – Polygonatum verticillatum
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Ksheera Kakolii – Lilium polyphyllum
Riddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Vriddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Ambu – Pavonia odorata
Vacha – Sweet flag (rhizome) – Acorus calamus
Sthauneya – Clerodendrum infortunatum Linn./ viscosum Vent. Gaertn.
Vrishchikali – Boerhavia erecta
Choraka – Angelica glauca
Karpoora – Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora – 48 g
Kashmeera – Saffron – Crocus sativus – 48 g
Mrigamada – Musk – 48 g

Reference of MahanarayanaTaila: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Vatavyadhi Rogadhikara – 151 – 162

Shelf life / expiry date –  Three years from the date of manufacture. Once opened, it is best to empty the oil within 1 year.
Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. Is this oil different from Velia Narayana Thailam? If so, in terms of usage, on what conditions can one be preferred over the other?

  2. Sir,

    Can Mahanarayana oil be used for head and face massage as well.



  3. Which target does Mahanarayan oil have a good degree of effect on? Bones? Joints? Muscles? Or Tendons? (or all, in some ranking order?)

    Does this oil help to actually “rebuild” (i.e. “grow”) any of the dhatus in case of Vata-induced “dhatu-kshaya” condition? If not, which oils might be good to help growth of various dhatus (perhaps content for a different article?) ? Or does it only help to reduce pain?

    thank you

  4. abhishek pareek says:

    Can it help in to use

    • It helps in sciatica. Everyday, 20 minutes before hot water bath, apply this to lower back and entire length of legs. Then have hot water bath. This helps to reduce pain and nerve inflammation.


  6. Dear Doctor,

    I am having Sciatica pain. Which oil is preferable…Mahanarayana Tailam or Dhanwantaram Tailam…Please advise

  7. SOMANATHA K says:

    Sir,Is Mahanarayana tail is beneficial for external massage on penis for premature ejaculation problem (for 52 yrs male)

  8. 1) When to use narayan oil & mahanarayan oil?
    2) For general body massage, which one is more suitable?
    3) What are the manufacturers?

  9. Hello Sir,

    I want to make this oil at home. I got most of the herbs as well. Can you please let me know the different proportions and which herbs to use at which stage like decoction, paste etc.

    Your reply will be really helpful. Thanks

    • Hi, the proportions of herbs, etc are given within the article. Please go through. Use sesame oil as base.
      Also see this video once to get a better idea –

  10. i have twitching of left eye. one suggested mahamasha thailam. a doctor prescribed mahanarayana thailam. which oneis better?

  11. R P Sharma says:

    My doctor suggest 7 drops of Mahanarayan tel in hot water on empty stomach fr my ILD to stop dry cough. I feel relief bt aversion to meals now. Cn it b continued fr a month ? Tnx

  12. Monique says:

    I just read great article mahanarayan oil. I read that it is good massage for emaciation/vata. How should I use this oil? Before bath and whereabouts on the body and how often, or should I stick with sesame oil. Thanks Dr.

  13. Sir, I am having neck pain for last one year. Which ayurvedic oil is best for this problem.Can i use Mahanarayan oil or is there is some better choice?

  14. pranjali says:

    Dr. Hebbar,

    Can I use Narayan oil for pitta vata prakruti. I have bought Narayan oil of Sitaram company.

  15. 1) Can the Mahanarayan Oil used for Migraine attack, if yes, what is the best way to use it? 2) is there a permanent treatment to cure Migrane attack?

  16. Sir i am having pain over left knee. I am unable to bend the left knee and swelling is there.

  17. 1) How can this oil be used as an antiage treatment? Message of face? How often?
    2) Can it be used for vulvodyni? On vulva?
    Thank you for your kind help and guidance.

    • 1. anti aging doesnt mean only face. it is for whole body which can be achieved through abhyanga. nasya and basti also done with this which should be done under strict medical supervision.
      2. it is used in basti treatment where it is put in rectum through anus and in uttara basti in uterus through vagina.

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