Jatamamsi is an erect herb that mainly grows in Himalayan region. The herb is commonly known as Indian spike nard and have many therapeutic uses. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Jatamamsi for the treatment diseases caused by the vitiation of Vata Kapha and Pitta doshas as the herb is Tridosha hara in nature. Ayurvedatarian uses to herb to alleviate conditions like Skin disorders, Burning sensation etc. The herb is also used an astringent, analgesic and antipyretic agent.
General aspects and geography
Botanical name : Nardostachys jatamamsi
Family : Valerianaceae
Habitat: Through out India
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Kandughna varga ( Alleviate Itching)
Susruta Samhita – Eladi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
- Nidrajanaka (induces sleep)
- Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
- Kushtaghna (Alleviate skin disorder )
- Cough (Kasa) – Smoke inhalation of Jatamamsi and then drinking milk can alleviate Cough.
- Skin disease (Kushta)- Paste prepared from Jatamamsi is applied on the skin to alleviate skin disorder.
Powder (Churna) – 3 g
Oil (Taila)- 20 drops
Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor
Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor.
- Mahapaisacika ghrtha
- Mamsyadi kwatha
- Saraswata churna
An erect perennial herb with withered leaves. Stems have radical leaves. Inflorescence is dense cyme. Flowers are rosy.
English – Indian spike nard
Malayalam – jatamanchi
Sanskrit – jatamamsi
Rasapanchaka of Jatamamsi
Rasa- Tikta(Bitter ) Madhura (sweet) Kashaya (Astringent )
Guna- Laghu (light)
Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)
Virya- Sita (cold)
मांसी तिक्ता कषाया च मेध्या कान्तिबलप्रदा ।
स्वाद्वी हिमा त्रिदोषास्त्रदाहवीसर्पकुष्ठनुत् ।।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Karpuradi varga-shloka 89)
Jatamamsi is Tridosha samaka because of it’s properties like Katu vipaka and cold potency . The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by vitiation of all doshas like skin disorder and insanity etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr.Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Jatamamsi for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha, Vata and Pitta. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.
Frequently asked Questions
1)What is the scientific name of jatamamsi ?
- What is dose of Jatamamsi churna?
3 g for an adult.