Anu thailam is an ayurvedic formulation in an oil base. It is mainly used in a pancha karma procedure called nasya karma. In some special cases, it is used for abhyanga or local application on any particular part.
The nose is the gateway to the head. “Nasaa hi shiraso dwaram”.
Ayurveda has explained about “navana” which is nasya karma (instilling medicines into the nose) in the dinacharya practices for maintenance of health and well being. The medicines instilled through the nose does not only nourish the sense organs in the head but also has effects on clearing the airways, clearing off any blockages and pacifies the aggravated doshas in the head and neck region. Anu tailam is known to have the following key benefits:
- It improves the sense of smell.
- It helps in clearing airways and congestion.
- It improves eyesight and prevents eye diseases.
- It strengthens the voice
- Also provides strength to the facial muscles and joints of the head and neck region.
- It helps curing hair fall and baldness. It also prevents early greying of hair.
It is known to cure the following diseases:
- Headache/ migraine
- Facial paralysis
- Hairfall, premature greying of hair
- Parkinson’s disease
- Memory loss
- Nasal congestion
- Chronic coryza
Anu thailam is prepared by processing the below mentioned ingredients in sesame oil as a base. Goat’s milk is added at the end the oil is processed well so that the oil attains the optimum consistency.
Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulata
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Twak – Cinnamon Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides
Gopi – Ocimum sanctum
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata
Madhuka – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
Shatavari – Asparagus
Kamala – Lotus
Bilva – Bael
Utpala – Nymphaea stellata
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Vidanga – Embelia ribes
patra – Cinnamon
Ela – cardamom
Renuka – Vitex negundo
Taila – Sesame oil
Reference in the classical texts:
There are many references of Anu Taila. It is found in oldest of Ayurvedic treatises like Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hrudaya and Sahasrayoga.
There is no known side effect if this medicine is used according to the dosage and instructions prescribed by the ayurvedic practitioner.
For maintenance of health and as preventive purpose - 2 drops in the morning on each nostrils
Therapeutic dosage - 6-8 drops according to your health condition.
Method of nasya karma for preventive purposes:
This procedure should be done in the morning for optimum benefits.
The person should lie on his back and chin should be elevated and head should be tilted backwards.
Face and neck can be massaged with sesame oil and steaming can be done with a cloth.
Two drops of anu taila is dropped into each nostril and the person is asked to sniff it.
There will be some irritation in the nostrils and the throat suring the initial days but eventually as the passage gets cleared off mucus, it will be alright.
Then the person is asked to spit the mucus secretions from his nose or throat and rinse the mouth with warm water.
Do not wash your face with cold water after nasya at home
Do not drink cold water after nasya.