Thailam and ghritas in Ayurveda

Do you want to switch from pharmacy remedies to natural Ayurvedic drugs, but is it difficult for you to navigate in the variety of their forms?

When choosing a form for the treatment of each individual patient, the Ayurvedic doctor takes into account his constitution and the dominant dosha. With the prevalence of kapha dosha, powder is recommended, with vata dosha – oil forms. In the case of the prevailing pitta, vati and kwathas are used.

In this article, we will talk about the two richest in its healing forms Ayurvedic remedies thailam and ghritas (oil forms), as well as the rules for their manufacture and administration.

How do thailam and ghritas differ from other Ayurvedic preparations?

The same Ayurvedic medicine medicines can be in various forms. Currently there are about 10 main forms. One of them is thailam and ghritas.


is a vegetable oil or melted cow butter insisted on medicinal herbs, or a combination of both. Many of these infusions are prepared using unique technologies, among which the Kerala and South Indian traditions of preparation are especially famous.

There are several types of herbal oil infusions, among which there are kera, valja and kuzhampu. The oil used as a base has its own age. In valja formulations, the ghee oil is added. Its age is 12 months or older. Sesame and coconut oils are mixed for the preparation of kera. Ghee, sesame oil and castor oil are used for kuzhampu.

Thailam is commonly used for oiling both from the inside and outside. For example: in the form of ears, nose and eyes instillations. Such procedures are especially useful in the imbalance of Vata dosha.

The secret of thailam healing power lies in the fact that as a healing form it includes herbal extracts, which in combination with oils help to achieve excellent therapeutic results in almost 80% of ailments known to doctors.

Multicomponent Ayurvedic oils are produced in thailam form for Ayurvedic massage and therapeutic oiling of the body. Kshirabala and Dhantavantaram thailam are the most famous means for this purpose.


differ from thailams in that they are oily compositions that, when chilled, resemble ointment, and when warmed up look like jam or a thick oily mass in consistency and form. Ghritas are prepared from ghee cow oil with the addition of honey and medicinal plants. Such mixtures are intended for oral administration as stimulants of the work of internal organs.

Why do thailams and ghritas have such an extensive composition?

  • Ayurvedic doctors rarely prescribe drugs that include only one or two active ingredients. For effective treatment there must be at least more than three of them, so most of the recommended products consist of 10 to 50 ingredients. Such a complex plant composition in the formula is due to the properties of herbs and the features of their action, as well as their complementarity and mutual influence on the human body with certain ailments.
  • To deliver nutrients to the organ, where an imbalance is observed, herbs need a kind of “conductors”, which are exactly the oils. In addition, the therapeutic effect of the oils themselves is enhanced by the plant complex itself.
  • The complex composition of thailams and ghritas provides the very maximum efficiency and balance of the action of the whole formula. At the same time a possible side effect on the body is mitigated or completely eliminated.
  • The plant or substance “enhancer” or “conductor” is called yogawahi. Its purpose is to activate and direct the action of the drug on a specific organ.
  • It is the oil in thailams and ghritas that acts as a stimulant and conductor in the appointment of a complex of herbs for the effective treatment of certain ailments.

Rules for the use of ghritas

Ghritas — are extremely concentrated and complex Ayurvedic healing forms. They are designed to nourish and maintain the tonus of the human body. Of key importance here is how high is the absorbent capacity of the body and how healthy is the gastrointestinal tract.

If the patient has an advanced or quite serious stage of the disease and, at the same time, indigestion, then his body will not be able to absorb these saturated forms. Their administration provokes indigestion, and the state of health will only go downhill.

Ayurveda recommends taking ghritas after a course of drugs to improve and stimulate digestion. They are most effective in the form of tonic agents, which are most effective when the body is completely free of toxins, and digestion runs like clockwork.

It is recommended to take ghritas in small portions for 50 days or more.

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