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Sahacharadi Kuzhambu – Ayurvedic Pain Relief Oil

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What is Sahacharadi Kuzhambu?

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu is a medicated oil. 

What is the difference between Sahacharadi Tailam & Sahacharadi Kuzhambu?

Sahacharadi Tailam is a medicated oil prepared in sesame oil, while Sahacharadi Kuzhambu is a medicated oil prepared in sesame oil, ghee & castor oil.

Ayurvedic concept

Ayurveda explains the principle of Tridoshas (Vata, Pitha & Kapha). Vitiation of Doshas causes disease.

Vata Dosha

The most important among the Tridoshas is Vata. 

Taila(medicated oil ) is the best medicine explained for Vata Dosha vitiation.

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu

 It is a widely practiced Ayurvedic medicated oil.

Primary ingredients of Sahacharadi Kuzhambu

Sahacharadi Tailam explained in ‘Ashtangahrudaya’. The formulation is explained in the context of ‘Vatavyadhi Chikitsitham’. Sahacharadi Kuzhambu is the same formulation of Sahacharadi Tailam. In Sahacharadi Taila, the base is sesame oil, and in Kuzhambu, the content is sesame oil and castor oil.

Sahachara(Nilgirianthus ciliatus )

Sahachara (Karimkurinji in Malayalam) is a shrub, that grows about one meter, primarily found in the Western Ghats. It grows in wet forests and plains. The plant bears blue flowers usually blooming in September. The root of the plant is mainly used in Ayurveda. 

Sahachara contains terpenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols, and tannins. The plant shows anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, antidiabetic and hepatoprotective activities.


Dasamoolam contains roots of ten plants. They are

  • Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
  • Agnimantha (Premna serratifolia)
  • Shyonakam (Oroxylum indicum)
  • Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens)
  • Gambhari (Gmelina arborea)
  • Brihati (Solanum indicum)
  • Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  • Shalaparni (Desmodium gangeticum)
  • Prishniparni (Uraria picta)
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)

Pharmacological actions  

Dasamoola is an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, analgesic, antispasmodic, adaptogenic, antioxidant, neuroprotective, uterine tonic, etc.

Shathavari(Asparagus racemosus

Pharmacological activities include galactagogue effect, antisecretory, antiulcer, antitussive, adaptogenic, antibacterial, hepatoprotective, and cardiovascular actions. 

Kushta (Saussurea lappa)

It possesses anti-arthritic, antiviral, anticonvulsant activities.

Dhenuksheera (Cow milk)

Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamins, and iodine.

Eranda tailam(castor oil)

Castor oil is a powerful laxative, natural moisturizer. It promotes wound healing, reduces acne, and has anti-inflammatory effects. 

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu and joint diseases


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the end of the bones in your joints starts to wear down.

Pain, stiffness, loss of flexibility of joints are the common symptoms seen. External application of Sahacharadi Kuzhambu over the body helps to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. 

b)Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder affecting your joints. Signs and symptoms include joint stiffness, oedema, etc.

The application of Sahacharadi Kuzhambu helps to reduce joint stiffness.


Spondyloarthritis is a group of inflammatory diseases that cause arthritis. It is a significant cause of low back pain.

d)Neurological conditions

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu is helpful in the treatment of various neurological conditions like tremors, convulsions, paralysis, etc.

The application of Sahacharadi Kuzhambu helps to reduce pain.

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu & Muscle Pain

Muscle pain or myalgia is caused due to an injury, infection, disease, or other health problems.

In addition, sometimes, you may feel muscle cramps or muscle spasms.

The application of Sahacharadi Kuzhambu helps to reduce pain.

Mode of administration of Sahacharadi Kuzhambu

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu used for

  • Abhyanga (massage)
  • Kizhi (Pottalies)
  • Dhara (pouring of medicated oil over the body)


One can use a sufficient quantity for massage.

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective formulation used widely in Ayurvedic medical practice. Daily massage with the oil is beneficial in improving the skin, muscle, nerve, and bone strength. 

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