PANCHASNEHAM-Benefits, Ingredients, Indications, Dosage, Usage, Preparation, Side effects, Equivalent Medicines, Research Papers

Panchasneham is an Ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of joint stiffness and numbness. This medicine is in the form of herbal oil for external application. This medicine is also known as panchasneham tailam/ kuzhambu.


  • This medicine is used in the management of joint stiffness as oil massage.
  • This type of administration of medicine in Ayurveda known as abhyangam.


  • Joint stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fracture


1VILWAAegle marmelousCarminative
2AGNIMANTHAPremna corymbosaBalances vata and kapha
3SYONAKAOroxylum indicumCarminative
4GAMBHARIGmelina arboreaCarminative
5PATALASterospermum suaveolensBalances vata and kapha
6SHALAPARNIDesmodium gangeticumCarminative
7PRISHNIPARNIUraria pictaBalances vata, pitta, kapha
8BRIHATISolanum indicumCarminative
9KANTAKARISolanum xanthocarpumBalances kapha and vata
10GOKSHURATribulus terrestrisDiuretic action
11BALASidacordifoliaBalances vata dosha
12MASHAVigna mungoEffective in facial palsy, hemiplegia
13RASNApluchea lanceolataBalances  vata
14SUNDIZingiber officinaliscarminative
15KARPASA ASTHIGossypium herbaceum 
16DEVADARUCedus deodaraReduces pain
17GANDEERACayratia carnosa 
18GOKSHEERAcow’s milk 
20KERATAILACoconut oil 
21DHANYAMLAMFermented rice water 
22VARAHA VASAPig’s ghee 
23KULATHADolichos biflorusAction on pitta
24SAINDHAVA LAVANARock saltbalances vata, pitta, kapha
25TILA TAILASesame oilBalances vata dosha


Oil prepared with the above-mentioned drugs. Saindhava lavana added at last as pathrapaka.


  • Dosha – This medicine is recommended for the treatment of vata dosha imbalance.
  • Dushya-  useful in diseases affecting rasa, raktha, mamsa,asthi,majja dhatu – joint diseases, fracture
  • Roga marga – This medicine can be administered in diseases affecting

 madhyama roga marga – joint stiffness


  • External application on the affected area as oil massage or as directed by an Ayurvedic doctor.


Yoga and Pranayama are a set of breathing and stretching exercises respectively, widely practised in the treatment of many diseases.

  • Nadi shuddi pranayam    – for getting calmness to the mind provide overall health

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

  • Avoid heavy exercises which further aggravate degenerated conditions.
  • Below mentioned yoga practices are effective in joint stiffness and arthritis.
  • Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
  • Child’s Pose (Balasana)
  • Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
  • Following exercises help to relax the muscles of the shoulder and back.
  • This inversion pose strengthens and stretches the muscles in your shoulders and back.
  • Shoulder elevation stretch – This exercise improves the range of motion in the shoulder joints and stretches the muscles.


  • Avoid food items which produce vata dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because vata imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, cow’s milk
  • Oil massage on body advised. Which alleviates vata dosha


  • This medicine is used for external application only.
  • Improper usage may lead to side effects.
  • Can this oil be used while taking Allopathic treatments for rheumatoid arthritis?

                    Seek your doctor’s advice if you are using this oil along with Allopathic treatments.

  • How long this oil can be used?

            Duration of oil application on the joints is based on your stage of the disease. Before using medicine consult a physician.

  • Can this medicine used for degenerative arthritis?

             Yes, this oil is effective in degenerative joint diseases like osteoarthritis.

                  CLASSICAL REFERENCE

  • Sahasrayoga


  • Mashasaindhavadi tailam
  • Parinathakeree ksheeradi tailam
  • Karpasasthyadi tailam


  • Vaidyaratnam
  • Kerala ayurveda – panchasneham kuzhambu

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