Jatiphala is commonly known as Nutmeg and have many therapeutic uses. The plant have shell like fruit and hence the name given. The fruits also have sweet aroma. The best Ayurveda Doctor in the world Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Jatiphala for the treatment diseases caused by the vitiation of Vata Kapha doshas as the herb is Vata Kapha samaka it it’s action. It is used to treat numerous diseases including Diarrhoea , Cough, Worm infestation etc. Nowadays It is also used as an aphrodisiac , antibacterial and carminative.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Myristica fragrans       

Family :  Myristicaceae 

Habitat: Through out India 

Parts used

  • Seed and aril

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita –  Not mentioned 

Susruta Samhita – Not mentioned 

Pharmacological action

  • Carminative 
  • Aphrodisiac 
  • Digestant  

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Grahi (Constipative )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Swasahara (Alleviate Respiratory discomfort )
  • Kasahara (Alleviate cough )

Therapeutic indications

  • Diarrhoea (Atisara )- Paste prepared from Jatiphala is applied on umbilical region to check diarrhoea and also taken internally 
  • Crack on foot (Vipadika)- Paste prepared from Jatiphala is applied on the foot.


Powder (Churna) – 1 g

Oil (Taila)- 10 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. 


  • Jatiphaladi taila 
  • Jatiphaladi vati
  • Jatiphaladi churna 

Morphology :

A tree with slender branches. Leaves are coriaceous and lanceolate. Inflorescence is raceme. Fruits are ovoid.

Vernacular names 

English – Nutmeg

Hindi- jaiphal

Malayalam – jathikka

Sanskrit – Jatiphala 


  • Puta
  • Madasounda
  • Malatiphala


Rasapanchaka of Jatiphala

Rasa- Tikta(Bitter ) Katu (Acrid) Kashaya (Astringent )

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  Ushna (hot)

जातीफलं रसे तिक्तं तीक्ष्णोष्णं रोचनं लघु

कटुकं दीपनं ग्राहि स्वर्यं श्लेष्मानिलापहम् ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Karpuradi varga-shloka 54)

Jatiphala is Vata Kapha samaka because of it’s properties like Katu vipaka and hot potency . The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by Vata and Kapha doshas like Cough and Diarrhoea etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best doctor Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Jatiphala for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Vata. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

1)What are the uses of Jatiphala churna ?

   Used for alleviating Diarrhoea.

2)What is the scientific name of Jatiphala ?

Botanical name of Jatiphala is Myristica fragrans       


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