Biological Name: Nardostachys jatamansi
English Name : Musk root
Family : Valerianaceae

Jatamansi means ‘whose flesh is like a dreadlock’ it is known as Jatamansi because its roots resembles the matted hair of the Himalayan ascetics. It has a superb rejuvenating effect on the mind. It is a sought after nervous relaxant and anti-spasmodic.

Action :

  • Aromatic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative
  • Stimulant
  • Diuretic
  • Nervine

Uses :

  • Convulsions
  • digestive diseases
  • epilepsy
  • flatulence
  • gastric disorders
  • heart palpitations
  • jaundice
  • kidney stones
  • respiratory diseases
  • skin conditions
  • typhoid
  • seminal debility

Benefits of Jatamansi:

Hysteria, nervousness, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and insomnia. It both cools and nourishes a ‘hot’ and ‘exhausted’ nervous system; clears pitta, calms vata, reduces kapha. By virtue of its benefiting majja dhatu-agni it enhances the intellect and induces mental clarity. Its ‘penetrating quality’ is useful in clearing headaches and ‘muzzy’ head syndrome.

Article source: http://www.ayurvedayogashram.com/jatamansi.asp