The Best Ayurvedic Oils for Knee and Joint Pain: A Comprehensive Guide

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By Dr. Sandeep Benkal

Dr. Sandeep Benkal boasts a comprehensive fifteen-year background as an Ayurvedic doctor, with a particular specialization in skin conditions, arthritis, PCOS, and diabetes management.

BAMS, DND| 15+ Years of Experience

The Best Ayurvedic Oils for Knee and Joint Pain: A Comprehensive Guide

Ancient Ayurveda, with its 5000-year tradition, offers various oils and remedies for knee and joint pain. Here is a comprehensive guide to some of the best Ayurvedic oils known for their efficacy in relieving various types of pain and discomfort

  1. Mahanarayan Oil
    Mahanarayan Taila is an Ayurvedic oil that cures chronic joint and muscle pain and rigidity caused by arthritis, gout, etc.
    Ingredients: Sesame oil, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Bala, and various other herbs.

How to apply?: Warm the oil slightly and massage it gently on the affected area. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing off.

  1. Dhanwantharam Thailam
    Dhanwantharam Thailam supports the well-being of muscles and joints, making it ideal for those dealing with physical discomfort.

Ingredients: Sesame oil, Bala, Manjistha, Yastimadhu, and other herbs.

How to apply?: Massage the oil onto the joints and let it absorb. It can be used daily for best results.

  1. Kottamchukkadi Thailam
    Kottamchukkadi Thailam (oil) is used in the treatment of Vata disorders causing sciatica, spondylosis, sprains etc. It is useful for relieving numbness, pain, inflammation and stiffness. It is also used in massages and therapies like dhara.

Ingredients: Sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and other potent herbs.

How to apply?: Apply the oil to the affected joints, massage gently, and leave it on for 30-60 minutes before washing off.

  1. Karpooradi Thailam
    Karpooradi Thailam is a pain-relieving, non-irritant oil used in the treatment of rheumatism, muscle pain and cramps. You can apply this oil to the chest to relieve congestion and breathing difficulties. The aromatic oil helps reduce muscle stiffness and multiple joint pain.

Ingredients: Camphor, sesame oil, and other herbal extracts.

How to apply? Use the oil to massage the affected area, allowing it to penetrate the skin for at least 30 minutes.

  1. Sahacharadi Thailam

Sahacharadi oil is commonly used to treat varicose veins. Regular use of this oil can be extremely helpful for managing pain and soothing in the early stages of varicose veins.

Ingredients: Sesame oil, Sahachara, and other herbs.

How to apply? Warm the oil slightly, massage onto the joints, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before washing off.

  1. Murivenna Oil

Murivenna Thailam is a medicated ayurvedic oil, well-known for its anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and analgesic properties which offer absolute remedy for the treatment of inflammation caused due to arthritis, sprains, fractures, muscle cramps, dislocations and other injury-related conditions.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, betel leaves, turmeric, and other herbs.

How to apply?: Apply the oil on the affected area, massage gently, and leave it on for 30-60 minutes.

  1. Nirgundi Oil
    Nirgundi possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It alleviates symptoms of pain and inflammations caused by different causes. Nirgundi oil is used to massage to reduce inflammations particularly due to arthritis. The heated leaf is also used to relieve pain and sprains.

Ingredients: Nirgundi leaves, sesame oil, and other herbs.

How to apply?: Massage the oil onto the affected area twice daily for best results.

General tips for using Ayurvedic Oils:

  • Warm the oil before application as it enhances absorption and effectiveness.
  • Use gentle, circular motions to massage the oil into the skin. This helps improve blood circulation and facilitates deeper penetration.
  • Consistent application is key to experiencing the full benefits of Ayurvedic oils.
  • Before using any new oil, do a patch test to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

Ayurvedic oils offer a natural and holistic approach to managing knee and joint pain. These oils can help alleviate discomfort, improve joint mobility, and enhance overall well-being. As with any treatment, it's highly recommended to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner. You can visit to avail free online consultation and get an appropriate oil to relieve pain and discomfort.