Anu Tail is an Ayurvedic herbal oil. It is used for an Ayurveda treatment procedure known as Nasya treatment. Nasya refers to nasal instillation of drops of the oil. It is also called Anu thailam, Anu oil, Anu tailam.
Ayurveda recommends healthy daily regimen, which every healthy individual should follow on a daily basis. In this daily regimen, oil massage, exercise, bathing etc are mentioned.
Along with them, nasal drops usage with Anu taila is also mentioned. Reference: Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutrasthana 2nd Chapter
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Method of administration
This is if anyone is interested to do on a daily basis. Consult your doctor for the right advice.
This is the procedure –
If there is urge to urinate or defecate, finish that first.
It is better to brush the teeth first, if you are doing it in the morning.
Take plain sesame oil and do gentle massage over the entire face and neck.
For the purpose of massage, you can use
Maha Narayana oil, if you are targeting headache and sinusitis.
Nalpamaradi taila / Kumkumadi Taila – for good facial skin and complexion
Bala Ashwagandhadi Taila / Ksheerabala taila – to improve strength of sense organs.
While massaging, avoid eye lids and eyes.
After this, you need to give some sort of heat treatment.
It can be
– exposing to early morning sunlight,
– gentle exercise to warm up the face,
– washing face with lukewarm water
– gently heating a towel over a Dosa pan and patting over face, avoiding eyes.
Hot fomentation should be given to face and neck, avoiding eyes and eye lids.
Lie on a cot in a room devoid of breeze or excess sunlight.
For convenience, keep a thin pillow below neck.
Lie straight with his face upwards, extending arms and legs.
In a standard Nasya therapy, the person is given a gentle head and face massage and heat treatment, followed by instillation of drops of this herbal oil into each nostril. The number of drops depends upon many factors such as Dosha imbalance, disease condition etc.
Anu tail uses
Strengthens ears, eyes, nose, tongue and throat. As per Ayurveda, there is point in the forehead, right at the junction of eye brows, called Shringataka marma. This point is connected with all sense organs.
Usually used in the treatment of diseases of the above sense organs.
Has Tridosha balancing effect.
It is also used in the treatment of headache, hair fall, premature graying of hair etc.
Used for nasya treatment in most of the diseases of ear, nose and throat involving pain.
Apart from the conditions mentioned above, Nasya treatment using Anu Taila can be performed by the Ayurvedic doctor based on his experience and analysis.
How it acts?
It is said that, medicines administered through nasal route, passes via Shrigantaka marma and enters all the sense organs and strengthens them.
As per modern principles, medicines administered nasally can have an impact on eye, facial skin, ears, nose and oral cavity.
Frequently asked questions
Can Anu thailam nasya and neti be done together?
Oiliness + coldness is not useful in many conditions.
With Anu taila nasya, we are making the nasal passage oily. Along with it, if jalaneti is done, it will make the area cold. This can lead to worsening of cold, cough, sinusitis etc.
Hence, I would not recommend doing Anuthailam nasya and jala neti together.
At least there should be half an hour gap between these two.
Use of Anu oil after nasal surgery such as septoplasty, turbinoplasty, correction of deviated nasal septum (DNS) etc:
Anu thailam – 2 drops to each nostril, in the morning is very useful in post operative care.
It is useful to prevent further infection, allergic attacks, rhinitis etc.
But this should be used after the surgical wounds have healed completely, around 1 month after surgery.
Use of Anu thailam in thyroid complaints and hormonal imbalance:
It is useful in thyroid gland function correction. But along with it, oral medicines will also be required.
What if someone cannot tolerate Anu taila nasal drops?
It can be used for application to the inner side of nostrils. This will serve as a low dose alternative.
Using Anu thailam while using modern nasal spray.
Frequently asked questions about Anu tailam:
I had bought two bottles of Anu thailam from two different companies. One of the oils (Kairali) is darker than the other (Vaidyaratnam oushadhasala). Is it okay for it to be different?
Yes. Usually herbal products vary in colour because same herbs can be so different from one another.
I experience severe sensitivity at different points in my head after a few mins of administering the same. Heaviness of head & pin pricks pains are also there. Why is this so?
Heaviness and pin prick pains are due to sudden introduction of oil into nostrils without prior preparation.
Before Nasya, you need to do a face massage with sesame oil / Narayana taila for 5 minutes, avoiding the eyes.
Then do a small sweating therapy (swedana) by applying a towel dipped in hot water over the face.
Then you should instill 2 – 3 drops of Anu tail into both the nostrils.
Hope this should relieve the heaviness and pin prick pains.
I tried another nasal oil previously (without needing preparation) and it was very soothing, this anu is like a bolt of lightning from nose to throat to brain and beyond and it kept hurting for maybe 20 minutes. Would be nice if there were instructions with it or at least a warning. The brand I chose was Nagarjuna.
That is why, it is not good to try Panchakarma (or any Ayurvedic medicine) on one’s own.
Whenever you are using any Nasya oil (like this one), only one or two drops should be tried for the first week.
Massage and light fomentation with a towel dipped in hot water is a good pre-work.
It is good to do it in the morning, on empty stomach.
In a book I read Sariva , Triphala & Sandal wood as ingredient but you have not mentioned them.
One medicine can have different references with slightly a different set of ingredients. Of all Anu taila references, Ashtanga Hrudayam is the most followed one, which I have quoted above.
1. Is this oil ideally to be used only in the morning on empty stomach? also curious if it is possible to explain what the reason for this is.
2. Above, it is mentioned as being used for headache, can you elaborate on that a little?
1. Hi, there are two types of Nasya treatment (nasal drops) One with higher dose and one with very low dose – two drops into each nostril. The latter is called as Pratimarsha nasya – Since it is mild, there are six times mentioned for its usage. – Because it is not possible to follow that precisely, I suggested using it in the morning on empty stomach. – You can find further details about Nasya treatment here
If it is practiced after food, some people may feel irritation and vomit.
2. It helps to soothe nerves, relieves nerve irritation and hence, useful in balancing Vata, thus is used in headache treatment.
Anu taila oil for frontal hair loss:
Rakesh reported regrowth of tiny hairs in the frontal area of the scalp, after using Anu tail nasal drops for 2 months time.
If all the instructions by the doctor are perfectly followed, there are no known side effects with this product.
What happens if one takes Anu tailam orally?
It is meant for nasal administration. However, all the ingredients of Anu oil are edible. Hence, there are no serious consequences of oral ingestion.
Anu Thailam ingredients
Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulata
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Twak – Cinnamon
Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides
Gopi – Ocimum sanctum
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata
Madhuka – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
Shatavari – Asparagus
Kamala – Lotus
Bilva – Bael
Utpala – Nymphaea stellata
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Vidanga – Embelia ribes
Patra – Cinnamon
Ela – cardamom
Renuka – Vitex negundo
Taila – Sesame oil
There are many references of Anu Taila. This herbal oil reference is found in the oldest of Ayurvedic treatises like Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hrudaya, Sahasrayoga.
Reference verse from
Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutrasthana 20/ 37-39
Shloka, Sanskrit Verse
Preparation of Anu thailam as per Charaka Samhita (reference: Sutrasthana 5/58-62)
Chandana (Sandalwood – Santalum album),
Aguru(Aquilaria Agalocha Roxb),
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala Nees and Eberum. ,
Bark of Darvi(sida cordifolia Linn),
Prapaunda rika (Nymphaea lotus Linn),
Sookshma Ela – cardamom
Vidanga (Emblia ribes Brum. F),
Bilva (Aegle marmelos Corr),
Utpala (Nymphaea alba),
Hrivera(Pavania adorata willd),
Abhaya – Terminalia chebula
Usheera – (Vetiveria Zizanioidse Nash),
Vanya (Cyperus tenuiflours),
Tvak (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Blume f),
Musta (Cyperus rotundus),
Sariva – Indian Sarsaparilla – Hemidesmus indicus,
Sthira – Desmodium gangeticum,
Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulataW.and A,
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta (Uraria Picta Desv),
Suradaru (Cedrus deodara),
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus Willd),
Harenu (Pisum Sativum Linn),
Brihati – Solanum indicum ,
Vyaghri (Slanum xanthocarpum Schrader and wendl),
Surabhi( Pluchea lanceolata Oliver and Hiern),
Padmakesara (Filaments of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn),
These herbs should be boiled with hundred times of pure rain water (of the oil in quantity), till it is reduced to ten times of the oil (in quantity). The oil should be boiled in that decoction for ten times. At the final (that is the tenth) stage of boiling, equal quantity of goat’s milk should be added to it.
This is the prescribed method for preparing Anu Taila which is useful for inhalation. The prescribed dosage of oil are half Pala or 24 ml( this is the quantity to be used in twenty-four hours).
Sri Sri Tattva
Nagarjuna – Anu Thailam
Difference between Shadbindu and Anu taila
Shadbindu taila is primarily advised for the treatment of headache, whereas Anu taila is mentioned and explained in the context of healthy daily routine. This hints that Shadbindu taila is used primarily for therapeutic purposes and Anu oil is used for both for health maintenance and therapeutic purposes.
While many diseases such as headache, early hair fall, teeth instability etc are mentioned as indications for Shadbindu taila, only strength promoting benefits are enlisted for Anu taila.
Both the nasal oils contain sesame oil as base.
Both contain goat milk. Goat milk is lighter to digest when compared to cow milk and has soothing effect over nasal mucosa. Its nasal mucosal absorption capacity is better when compared to cow milk. This could be the reason why both contain goat milk.
Common herbs in both Shadbindu and anu oils –
Cinnamon, Vidanga – Embelia ribes – false black pepper Licorice
Extra herbs in Shadbindu taila – ginger, rock salt, Rasna, Shatapushpa, Eranda moola, Tagara (Valerian root), Dill, Jivanti, Rasna and rock salt.
Number of ingredients is more in Anu taila than in Shadbindu taila.
When compared to anu taila, the nature of herbs in Shadbindu is stronger. Herbs like Tagara (Valerian root), castor root, Rasna are used therapeutically, but usually not used on a daily basis in a healthy individual.
Method of preparation: During preparation, Anu oil cooking happens for 10 times. Hence, it is more refined product when compared to Shadbindu tail, which is processed for only one time.
Shad Bindu literally means six drops. It hints that the most common dosage of this oil is six drops. However, its dose can be increased on decreased based on patient’s strength, disease intensity etc.
Anu oil is used in a variety of doses, starting from 2 drops, which is commonly administered in healthy people, its dose can go as high as 10 drops.
Warming the oil
Usually, Anu tailam is slightly warmed just above normal room temperature before administration. Lukewarm oil absorbs faster and quickly spreads in the body.
How to warm it?
Anu taila oil is a very heat sensitive product. The blend of oil and herbs is very delicate. Direct heating may cause loss of medicinal principles from the oil. Hence, it is best to warm it in a water bath. take a wide mouthed vessel. Take water in it. Bring it to around 50-60 degree Celsius. Then dip the Anu taila bottle in the water for 1-2 minutes. Before using the oil, test the oil for its temperature. You can do this putting a drop of the oil on to your hand. It should not be very hot.