Dhanwantharam Thailam is Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Anti-rheumatic and a Nervine Tonic.
Reference Text: (Ashtanga Hridaya)
PRESENTATION: 100 Ml
Dhanwantharam Thailam is a fragrant and earthy oil containing 28 herbs that are extremely helpful in promoting health, energy and vitality. This ayurvedic oil enhances the circulation and provides nourishment to the muscles. Importantly it is nerve tonic and is one of the prescriptions in dealing with pain relief and anti-inflammation formulated for vata disorders. It is also known to be helpful in relieving muscle cramps, numbness, pain and swelling. Dhanwantharam Thailam is an ayurvedic medicine helpful in the treatment of neurological disorders and is known to be beneficial in pacifying degenerative conditions caused by Vata and post-traumatic conditions.
Dhanwantharam Thailam is one of the prescriptions that can be helpful in the treatment of rheumatic disorders and neuromuscular conditions. It is also an analgesic and is helpful in providing relief to pain and inflammation found in joints, bones, tendons and cartilage. It is beneficial in both formats of treatment - oral and internal - and is known to help strengthen muscles, ligaments, tendons and other tissues.
Dhanwantharam Thailam is also a nature-derived nerve tonic that is said to be helpful in protecting the nervous systems and all its functions. It pacifies vata aggression and is known to benefit the neurological and musculoskeletal systems. It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, neck pain and back ache due to spondylosis.
- 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
- 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 sal
- 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
General overview of Neurological Disorders and Rheumatic Disorders
Neurological disorders are diseases that affect the brain and the central and autonomic nervous systems. Because they are often associated with a number of conditions, neurological symptoms can be easy to dismiss but they can be indicators of serious neurological conditions. Here are some of the top symptoms of neurological disorders:
- Headaches: Depending on where the tension is located, how frequently they occur, and how much pain you’re experiencing, headaches can be a symptom of a larger problem.
- Change in vision: Blurred, double, or loss of vision can be a sign of a more severe neurological condition.
- Weakness of extremities: Arms or legs feeling heavy or numb for a prolonged period of time or for an unknown reason.
Other signs and symptoms includesleep problems (insomnia), slurred speech, memory loss, and chronic nausea.
Rheumatism refers to various painful medical conditions which affect joints, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles. It is characterized by pain and a consequent reduction in the range of motion and function in one or more areas of the musculoskeletal system. This classification of diseases is also characterized by inflammation that affects the connecting or supporting structures of the body — most commonly the joints, but also sometimes the tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Some rheumatic diseases even affect the organs and can ultimately cause loss of function in the affected body parts.
Rheumatic diseases include arthritis, which literally means ‘joint inflammation’ and encompasses more than a hundred different disorders. Rheumatic diseases that primarily affect the spine are considered spondyloarthropathies. There are different symptoms to rheumatic diseases including persistent joint pain, tenderness, inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth, joint deformity, loss of range of motion or flexibility in joint and extreme fatigue, lack of energy, weakness, or a feeling of malaise.
Common Rheumatic Disorders
Years ago, conditions like this fell under the broad heading of rheumatism. Now there are more than 200 distinct rheumatic diseases. Among the most common ones are:
- Osteoarthritis: is the most prevalent type of arthritis, which primarily affects and destroys cartilage, the soft tissue that cushions the ends of bones within joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, a soft tissue that lines the joints, leading to inflammation.
- Gout: is a type of arthritis that develops when needle-like crystals of uric acid deposit in the joints, most often those of the big toe.
- Ankylosing spondylitis: is the most common spondyloarthropathy, which may affect the hips, shoulders, and knees, in addition to the spine.
- Reactive arthritis: or Reiter's syndrome is a spondyloarthropathy that develops after an infection of the urinary tract, bowels, or other organs.
What Causes Neurological and Rheumatic Disorders?
The causes of neurological dysfunction can be quite diverse. Both the spinal cord and brain are insulated by numerous membranes that can be vulnerable to force and pressure. The peripheral nerves located deep under the skin can also be vulnerable to damage. Neurological disorders can affect an entire neurological pathway or a single neuron. Even a small disturbance to a neuron’s structural pathway can result in dysfunction. As a result, neurological disorders can result from a number of causes, including:
- Lifestyle-related causes
- Nutrition-related causes
- Environmental influences
- Physical injuries
Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system attacks the synovium — the lining of the membranes that surround your joints. The resulting inflammation thickens the synovium, which can eventually destroy the cartilage and bone within the joint. The tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together weaken and stretch. Gradually, the joint loses its shape and alignment.
Most of these conditions happen when your immune system goes awry and attacks your own tissues. Sometimes it’s in your genes and other times it is a result of environmental conditions and factors like cigarette smoke, pollution, or an infection causing viruses and bacteria. In general, having certain gene variants can increase a person's susceptibility to rheumatic diseases, and factors in the environment may trigger the onset of the disease.
An Ayurvedic Perspective to Neurological Disorders and Rheumatic Disorders
Ayurveda has a holistic approach in that it treats not just the disease but the entire being. It takes into account the physical, intellectual, mental and spiritual aspects of the individual. Neurological disorders (Vatavyadhi) are considered as major critical diseases in Ayurveda because of their severity. The vital energy Vata is directly responsible for the nervous system – for the transmission of the cerebral signals to the organs, for the senses, feelings and thoughts. If one of the energies amongst the Vata, pitta or Kapha goes out of balance, then the functions of certain organs get disturbed and the organism develops illnesses. In the case with Vata, these are neurological diseases.
Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine, also dwells in detail about joint disorders like gout (vatarakta), arthritis (sandhivata), rheumatic diseases (amavata), and many more. Among these, amavata is a disease which is caused due to hypo-functioning of the digestive fire. It is a disease complex of which Rheumatic arthritis is a part. Ayurveda follows a defense strategy and it focuses its search on the etiological process, where disequilibrium at a higher level of physiology affects the gastrointestinal tract, causing an immune response that results in inflammation.
According to Ayurvedi science, the toxins - ama is carried by imbalanced Vata and reaches Kapha (phlegm) predominant sites like joints, stomach, tendons, and ligaments. Being sticky by nature, the toxins block micro-channels (srotasa) which nourish the body. When this ama accumulates in the joints, it produces the disease amavata and proceeds to spread all over the body. All channels like the arteries, intercellular spaces, and the pores in the cells in which nutrients flow through and nourish the body tissues, get partially blocked leading to a decreased supply of nutrients to body tissues and cells. And as a result immunity of the body gets lowered, appetite reduces and over time the body becomes weak.
1. Can we use Dhanwantharam Thailam for the frozen shoulder?
Yes, you can. The oil can be used for muscle tension and joint pain; it’s also great for stiff shoulders and inflamed muscles. However, if discomfort still persists after using the oil, then consult with your physician immediately.
2. How many times should it be used in a day?
You can apply Dhanwantharam Thailam once or twice a day, before having a bath. Apply the oil after warming it and use a clean cloth. Massage the affected area for thirty minutes then wash off the area with warm water.
3. Can we use it for the Potali massage?
Yes, you can. However, the Potali massage has to be administered by an Ayurveda professional. It’s an efficient way of pacifying the Kapha dosha.
4. Do I need to make it lukewarm before applying or should I apply it directly?
If you want to apply the oil on the affected parts and want the most benefits then its best that you heat the oil. Get it to a lukewarm temperature and use a clean cloth to apply the oil on the affected parts of the body.
5. Can we use this oil as hair oil?
Dhanwantharam Thailam is recommended for the body, especially if you have inflamed or painful joints. However, it can be used for scalp massages that help reduce hair fall and early greying of hair.