This vata-pacifying oil can be used to nourish and strengthen muscles. It is particularly useful for athletes and those who are weakened due to illness or old age. Bala literally means strength, and helps build muscle mass and provides energy. It is also recommended for nervous conditions, muscular dystrophy, debilitation and emaciation.
Bala Ashwagandhadhi oil can prove to be effective for both vata and pitta predominant conditions, thereby restoring and rejuvenating these dosha constitutions.
One of the main constituents of this oil is Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). Ashwagandha is considered to bestow sexual vitality and is often used in cases of infertility and sterility. It is one of the best male rejuvenating tonic herbs, promoting spermatogenesis, blood flow, and to generally tone up reproductive organs, and regulate hormonal function. It is commonly used in relieving conditions such as impotence, spermatorrhea, pre-mature ejaculation, nocturnal emission and enlarged prostate.
The anabolic properties of Ashwagandha helps in increasing the tone and strength of muscles, while also helping to combat stress, relax mind and body, and fortify the dhatus. It is the perfect herb for those with depleted sexual energy.
Bala (Sida Cordifolia), another constituent in the oil, is a good rejuvenative herb for vata and pitta, but may increase kapha when used in excess. This rasayana herb also plays a vital role in nourishing and strengthening of body tissues, especially the nerve, muscle, plasma, marrow and reproductive tissue. It is one of the best anti-vata herbs and helps in treatment of balakshaya (chronic fatigue). Bala helps in toning of both male and female reproductive systems, while also promoting spermatogenesis and fertility. It is also effective in restoring sexual stamina.
It is said that massaging bala ashwagandhadhi oil onto the male reproductive organ, will help in its tone up and prevent premature ejaculation.
In Ayurveda, the massage therapy is done using Abhyanga (wherein the patient is liberally covered with oil and then oil is deeply rubbed into the body using smooth, gentle movements) or Pizhichil (warm medicated oil is squeezed over the patients body from a piece of cloth dipped in oil).
The major ingredients that form a part of this oil are Bala, Ashwagandha, Manjistha, Chandana, Rasa, Kushta, Haridra, Devadaru, using natural sesame oil as base.