Nardostachys jatamansi DC

Synonym ► N. grandiflora DC.

Family ► Valerianaceae.

Habitat ► Alpine Himalayas, Kumaon, Sikkim and Bhutan.

English ► Spikenard, Musk-root.

Ayurvedic ► Maansi, Jataamaansi, Bhuutajataa, Tapaswini, Sulo-mashaa, Jatilaa, Naladaa.

Unani ► Sumbul-e-Hindi, Sambul-ut-Teeb, Naardeen-e-Hindi, Baalchhar.

Siddha/Tamil ► Sadamanchil.

Action ► Used as a substitute for Valerian. Tranquilizer, sedative, hypotensive. Used for the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria, convulsive affections, palpitation of heart and in intestinal colic. A decoction of powdered roots is prescribed as a home remedy for high blood pressure. It is used in dysmenorrhoea for pain relief and smooth menstrual flow. It is used in hair oil for arresting hair loss and greying of hair.

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