Zinda Tilismath – Uses and Side Effects

Zinda Tilismath, which means ‘living magic’ in Urdu, is a form of Unani herbal medicine based on the medicinal concepts of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Chinese traditional medicines. Founded in 1920 by Mohammed Hakim Moizuddin Farooqui, a physician, this century-old herbal medicine is a household name in Hyderabad, India, where it is manufactured at Krakhana Zinda Tilismath. It is basically a tiny bottle of dark liquid that is made entirely of herbal ingredients – eucalyptus oil, its main ingredient, and camphor, menthol, thymol and alkanna tinctoria (or ratanjyoth, a bark of a tree).

Uses of Zinda Tilismath

Although Zinda Tilismath is still pseudoscientific, it is said to have antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and immune boosting properties, and is able to treat all kinds of ailments including colds, coughs, sore throats, digestive problems, ear pains, body pains, and tooth pain. It is said to be an excellent cure for influenza, and also a good cure for swine flu. It has even proved its efficacy now during COVID-19 as many people in Central Asia, particularly India, still prefer to use this healthcare product to combat the common symptoms of the disease.

Zinda Tilismath can be consumed internally and applied externally*. Here are some examples of how you can use this herbal concoction*.

Common Cold, Cough, Sore Throat and Coryza (Blocked Nose)*

You can take 10 drops (1 drop is about 0.05ml) of the medicine two times a day with water, tea or coffee. To increase its effectiveness, you can also rub it on your neck, chest and nose twice a day. If you have throat pain, you can also swab the inside of your throat with a cotton dipped in the potion.


Apply a cotton swab soaked in the herbal potion to the affected part of the gum every two hours till the pain subsides.

Stomach and/or Abdominal Pains and Discomfort*

If you have symptoms of stomach disorders or stomach pain such as indigestion, constipation, flatulence, belching or burping, or even vomiting, take 12 drops of Zinda Tilismath, mix it with 1oz (30ml) of water and drink it two times a day. For diarrhea, you can add in 10g of butter or 50g of curd and take it twice a day, at least an hour before food. 

Breathing Problems*

For symptoms of bronchitis, wheezing and nasal congestion, you can mix 2 drops of the medicine with a fluid and drink it once or twice a day. To help with recovery, pour 20 drops of Zinda Tilismath in two glasses of hot water and inhale the vapours deeply. 


If your health condition is a headache, just rub 8 drops of the medicine on your forehead and repeat after two hours if needed.

Earache and Ear Pains*

If you have ear pain, first clean the affected ear with warm water. Mix 6 drops of Zinda Tilismath with 6 drops of lukewarm coconut oil, and drip them together into your ear canal. Plug your ear with cotton. Do not use this method if there is discharge from the ear. Consult a medical doctor.

Muscle Aches on the Body and Limbs* 

For body pain, rub in a few drops of Zinda Tilismath on the affected part of your body with a piece of warm cloth.

Itching and Eczema*

Use 3 to 4 drops of the herbal medicine and mix it with petroleum jelly or moisturizing cream.

One of the key benefits that the manufacturer of Zinda Tilismath stated is that this medicine can be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. But we would recommend you to consult a medical doctor before doing so. If you still insist on using it, see a health practitioner immediately if there is no improvement in your symptoms, or they worsen. VivacityAsia also has an article on how to treat eczema.

Zinda Tilismath and Its Side Effects 

Generally, as this Unani liquid herbal remedy is herbal, it is said to have no side effects. However, do use it at your own risk because according to a study by Indian Pediatrics, there has been some incidents of seizures occurring in children after taking common household herbal products that contains eucalyptus. 

Prices of Zinda Tilismath and New Products

The affordability of this ‘magical potion’ is also one of the reasons that it is very popular in its country of origin and also worldwide. A 10ml bottle is priced at just Rs 85 (USD0.70). The herbal liquid is so popular that its Hyderabad-based manufacturer had even launched a balm version in October 2021, after tweaking the ancient formula to make it more effective than similar products available in the market, said its spokesman. Available in packs of 1gram and 10grams, and costing Rs 2 (USD0.02) and Rs 35 (USD0.29) respectively, this Zinda Tilismath balm can be used for all kinds of common ailments and muscular pains, especially headaches. According to the company, an inhaler and toothpaste is also in the pipeline. 

It seems like this century-old herbal Unani potion is a must-have in any household. Why not grab a bottle for yourself here, and be the epitome of health and vitality? Click here if you want to read its product description and learn more about the product details.

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