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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, insanity, Oligospermia, Female Infertility, Teeth & tongue ailments, 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.

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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 sciatica.how 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 – easyayurveda.com/2012/04/18/how-to-make-hair-oil-at-home-with-amla/

  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?

    • Mahesh Singh says:

      Sir, My son is affected with joubert Syndrom, He has completed 5 Year but still he is not able to stand because of weak legs and hand muscels for any support, Please suggetst which oil is good for his massage.Thanks

  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. Is Mahanarayan Oil effective for Knee pain

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

  18. 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.

  19. I am suffering from archis tendons.Is this oil helpful?If yes, please tell me how to use it? oral administration or message on affected area?

  20. saheela satish says:

    Dear Dr what medicine would you suggest for varicose veins problem from which i have been suffering from 10 years i mam a lady aged about 46 years from Bangalore?

    Your immediate attention in this regard would ve highly appreciated Thanks in advance.


    • there are many more medicines to treat vericosity of veins. dose and duration of internal medications are better to be decided after analysing the condition and prognosis of your body and problem. for this it is better to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

  21. Sir, can mahanarayana thailam can be applied for head bath for vata/pitta issues?

  22. Dear Sir,
    I have left neck,head,hand,leg,left side pain,
    please suggest me doctor.

    Thanks & Regards

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, Do consult the Ayurvedic Physician for the same. He/she would treat you based on the severity, constitution.

  23. saravana kumaar says:

    Sir, I am having bone swelling in my fore head. Can i use mahanarayana thailam for massage to cure it?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, Would like to see the bone swelling before prescribing the medicines. In this case do consult a ayurvedic physician and take the medicines.

  24. Rajender says:

    Sir I am suffering from slip disk problem and right side leg pain heavily. Is there any massage oil in ayurveda for Permanent solution. Pls tell about that and how to use that oils or medicine.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Yes sir there are. Do consult a ayurvedic physician for the same. There are certain massage techniques for the above said complaints. Kindly learn that from them and then it can be done by you.

      • Rajender says:

        Thank u mam for ur valuable suggestion. And one more request for u. That is I consulted an orthopeadician he said that about my problem ur l4,l5 disk slipped and pressing the sciatica nerve that’s why ur suffering from heavy leg pain of right side. Then he could give some medicine and take some physio therapy for some days. I followed the doctor but I didn’t have any relief. Again I consulted the doctor then he said there is no solution with medicine the only solution is surgery. I afraid of about surgery. So I request u that is there any chances with ayurvedic treatment for me for the slipped disk set as usual. And is there any ayurvedic physian available in hyderabad please tell me the details and give me ur suggestion about surgery also. Thanking you madam….

        • Dr Malini Bhat says:

          Sir, By doing Abhyanga the pain and nerve inflammation can be reduced. And as far as Surgery is concerned please do as the doctor says as he has seen your reports and seen the severity, strength,age etc., And sorry We have no contacts in Hyderabad so cannot help you much there.

          • Rajender says:

            Madam my age is 30 and I have no sugar BP and my weight also normal and have no other health problems . So I knew recently about chiropractic treatment. is it works r not. Please tell me…..

  25. Amarnath says:

    Will mahanarayan taila repair cartilages? I have a tear in my meniscus(left knee). Will external massage with this oil help? How should I use it?

    • Hi, it reduces pain, swelling and inflammation. I cannot guarantee that massage with this oil would repair cartilages. Oral medicines are also required. Please consult a doctor directly.

  26. Ranjani Jothi says:

    Sir My father is experiencing severe shoulder pain. He is not able to lift his hand. He is a diabetic and also have high blood pressure.Kindly suggest a remedy for his shoulder pain.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Madam, Would like to know the nature of the shoulder pain and the side, from where to where etc.,to treat. Kindly take a opinion for the same.

  27. Ranjani Jothi says:

    And he is not comfortable in doing his routine activity like eating, drinking water or lifting any things. Due to his job he drives four wheeler and two wheeler a lot which gives more pain. Nearly two months he is having this problem.

    • Ranjani Jothi, your husband needs only the abhayanga of Desi ghee; and should avoid any thing like soda bottles or things like that. do it a week and see the results. Daily take cow’s milk warmed with one spoon desi ghee. thanks

  28. Hi sir, last six months back my father had brain surgery, after that his left side part both hand and leg no sensation.. We are doing physiotherapy for him ..but recently he got his left leg stiffness called spasticity …he can not able to standing…because he got pain thaigh back side left leg…soo please can u suggest how to relief muscle stiffneff ..and suggest oil for that

  29. My body hair have started greying while in 30’s. what is the best remedy to avoid early aging and turn back to black hair, please advice.

    • Hi, Please take Chyawanprash – 1 teaspoon in the morning, before food with half a cup of milk or water. For further email advice, write to me here – easyayurveda.com/contact-details

  30. Dr. Hebbar, what taila to use for internal solid wax build up in the ears? When wax in there, hearing bad. Please help

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Madam, You can use Oilve oil or sesame oil. Put three drops of olive oil/sesame oil before going to bed. Do this for three to four days. Using irrigation method, removal of ear wax can be done easily.

  31. Hi Dr Hebbar,

    Thanks for the great article. Just a bit of confusion, the company says it’s only useful for Vata condition (no Pitta mentioned).

    Please let me know if it’s some other taila.


    • Hi, it is useful in all three Doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Though more commonly used in Vata conditions, it is used for the treatment of Pitta dominant conditions such as Vatarakta (gout) or Kapha / Ama conditions as in Amavata (rheumatoid arthritis).

  32. Ashok Ahluwalia says:

    good morning doctor is it possible to do Fcae Facial with mahanarayan oil when the climate tempreture is more than 46 digrees, please suggest me

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