Dhanwantharam oil is one of the most popular massage oils, a combination of 28 rare herbs, mostly found in the Indian sub-continent. Dhanwantharam is recommended for all body types, particularly the Vata and Pitta types.
Due to its potent anti-oxidant effect, it rejuvenates the body and skin increasing immunity, and possesses excellent nourishing and anti-inflammatory features. It is used in treating rheumatic and neurological diseases, chronic vata conditions, pre and post natal care, regeneration of skin cells, to improve skin texture, to relieve numb muscles and blocks caused in the body, to improve blood circulation, and to help the skin in getting rid of toxins.
Ayurvedic treatments use this lukewarm medicated Dhanwantharam oil as treatment option for several health conditions including arthritis, spondylitis, nervous disorders, hemiplegia, and sexual weakness. The oil is poured over the persons body in a special rhythmic manner by expert masseurs for 45 to 60 minutes. It is done as a single day course or a course of 7 to 21 days, depending on health condition of the person. This treatment option (called Pizhichil) is also recommended for an otherwise healthy person as a rejuvenation and preventive treatment.
In Ayurveda, application of oil by means of massage is equivalent to injecting medicines into the body. The massage helps the blood to absorb most of the oil content directly to the blood stream and cures injuries. It helps by making the body more flexible, and treats even sports injuries through massage. However, only a qualified person is permitted to perform such a massage, as there are specific methods of applying pressure in each part of the body, and a wrong method can worsen the injury.
All oils are prepared with a base-oil, and, in most cases it is coconut oil, boiled with several other medicinal herbs.
When using on daily basis (other than for treatment purposes), a small amount of oil is poured into a container and heated up to 36-40 degree celsius and is gently massaged into skin. The oil is rubbed off with a clean cloth or a lukewarm shower after an hour.
However, the oil should not be applied directly on freshly injured skin, and should be kept strictly out of reach of children.
Ingredients in Dhanwantharam Oil
Some of the main ingredients that go into preparation of Dhanwantharam oil are Cow milk, Wild mallow, Black sesame oil, Madras gram, Indian jujube, Barley, Wild asparagus, Spanish woodbine, Ashwagandha, Bael tree, Snapdragon tree, Indian madder, Headache tree, Indian trumpet flower, Pseudarthria, Desmodium, Pink jacaranda, Indian sarsaparilla, Himalayan cedar, Puncturevine, Aerva, Solanum, Stone flower, Fenugreek, Sweet flag, Rock salt, Chebulic myrobalan, Indian gooseberry, Beleric myrobalan, Myrrh, Golden gram, Cinnamon, Vigna, Licorice, Cardamom and Indian dill.