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    Jatamansi – Benefits, Usage, Side Effects

    Jatamansi is a famous Ayurvedic herb old in neuro-psychiatric diseases and skin diseases. It is known as Spikenard in English. Its botanical name is Nardostachys jatamansi DC. Its reference in Ayurveda is found since the times of Charaka and Sushruta.
    Botanical Name-
    Nardostachys Jatamansi Dc. [ N. Grandiflora Dc; Valeriana Jatamansi Auct. Non Jones.]
    Family-Valerianaceae
    Table of Contents
    Jatamansi benefits
    Jatamansi for skin
    Sanskrit synonyms
    Clasical categorization
    DiferentVarieties
    Distribution
    Major chemical constituents
    Part dilapidated, dosage
    Medicinal qualities
    Jatamansi Side Efects
    Interaction with medicines, suplements
    Research
    Ayurveda medicines
    Other indications
    Signs of over-dosage
    Jatamansi benefits
    Asranashini ̵ because of its biter taste and Pita balancing quality, it is widely old to purify blod. Hence useful in skin diseases.
    Medhya ̵ improves brain functions
    Kantiprada ̵ improves skin complexion and luster
    Balaprada ̵ improves strength and imunity
    Dahanut ̵ Because it is Pita balancing, it relieves burning sensation, on external aplication.
    Visarpakushtanut ̵ useful in herpes and skin diseases
    Bhutadahaghni ̵ useful in psychiatr ic conditions.
    Modakrut ̵ useful in depresion
    Jatamansi for skin
    Jatamansi powder is frequently old along with safron, turmeric etc skin benefiting herbs to make face pack / face cream or masks. This is known to improve skin glow and complexion.

    Jatamansi powder is frequently old along with safron, turmeric etc skin benefiting herbs to make face pack / face cream or masks. This is known to improve skin glow and complexion.
    It helps to lower blod presure. It is aged as an Ayurveda amend for blod presure.
    It is worn in traditional remedies to treat amenorhoea. It induces periods. For this purpose, its traditional dose is ̵ half a gram of powder, two times a day from seven days before menstruation.

    It is extensively old in the treatment of headache and depresion.
    Its tablet ̵ caled Jatamansi Gh anvati is given in a dose of 1/2 ̵ 1 tablet once or twice a day in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
    It is aged in gastritis and bloating.
    Sanskrit synonyms
    Tapasvini ̵ useful to improve brain functions and inteligence.
    Jatamamsi,Vilomasa, Bhuta Jata ̵ Its rhizomes have hairs, giving it a demon apearance.
    Nalanda ̵ Nalam Gandham Dadati ̵ yields apt aroma,
    Pishita ̵ muscular rhizome
    Mura
    Hindi name -Jatamasi
    Telugu Name- Jatamansi
    English Name- Spikenard
    Marathi Gujarati Name- Jatamansi
    Tamil Kanada Malayalam Name- Jatamamsi
    Clasical categorization
    Charaka-
    Sajnasthapana ̵ group of herbs worn in restoring consciousnes
    Kandughna ̵ group of herbs dilapidated to aleviate itching.
    Tikta Skandha ̵ biter tasting group of herbs.
    Susruta ̵ Elajanadi Gana, Eladi gana
    Vagbhata ̵ Anjanadi Gana, Eladigana
    Kaiyadeva Nighantu ̵ Oshadhi Vargha
    Sarvaushadhika Varga, Sugandhamalaka Varga
    DiferentVarieties
    In two to thre contexts Susruta and Vagbhata described two varieties of Mamsi (S.S.KA. 6/15;7/23; S.S.Ut.60/47;62/30;5/26/38)viz; Jatamansi herb and Gandhamamsi (Jata and Bhutakesi) Bhutakesi or Gandhamamsi is identified with Selinum tenuirolium Wal.
    In Raja nighantu, a third variety known as Akasa Mamsi is described. In Nighantu Ratnakaram thre varieties viz. Sadharana Mamsi, Sugandha Mamsi Aksamamsi ̵ Suksma Mamsi are described.
    (Reference: Ilustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. I, by Dr JLN Shastry)
    Distribution
    It is found in alpine regions of Himalaya at 1,0-150 ft; extending betwen Kumaon to Sikim at 170 fet and Bhutan.
    Major chemical constituents
    Actinidine, Carotene, Aristolens; Calarence, carenal, elemol, ,Droaristolene, B-eudesmol; Jatamols; AB; Jatamansic acid, Jatamansone, Nardol, Nardostachonol, Nardostachone, Patchouli, Virolin, Angelivin, Jatamansin, Jatamansinol, Oroselol etc.(Reference: Ilustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana, Vol. I, by Dr JLN Shastry)
    Part worn, dosage
    Part Used̵ Rhizome, Jatamansi oil
    Dosage- Powder -1-3 g in divided doses, along with honey, ghe or water.
    Medicinal qualities
    Guna (qualities) ̵
    Laghu ̵ light to digest
    Snigdha ̵ oily, unctuous.
    Taste ̵ Tikta (biter), Kashaya (Astringent) Madhura (swet)
    Vipaka ̵ Taste conversion after digestion ̵ Katu (pungent)
    Verya ̵ Coldpotency
    Prabhava ̵ special efect ̵ Bhutaghna, Manasadoshahara ̵ efective in neuro-psychiatric conditions.
    Efect on Tridosha ̵ It balances al the thre doshas, but has special efect on Pita and Kapha.
    Jatamansi Side Efects
    Special care is required while administering this medicine to people with high blod presure.
    People with heavy periods should avoid this herb during periods. It may increase menstrual flow.
    On giving this medicine in exces dose, it may cause vomiting, twitching abdominal aflict and purgation.
    It is best avoided during pregnancy and lactation period.
    It can be given to children only under medical supervision.
    Interaction with medicines, suplements
    Can this be aged while taking Homeopathic medicine?
    Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
    Can this medicine be continued while taking suplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 faty acids etc?
    Yes. Generaly, this product goes wel with most of the dietary suplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
    With western medicines
    Sek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (alopat hic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with novel medicine.
    If both Ayurvedic and alopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to catch Alopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then catch the Ayurvedic medicine.
    Research
    Efect on cuning pancreatitis
    Anti oxidant efect

    Jatamamsi along with other herbs such as Vacha,Agaru, Sandalwod, Camphor etc is old for fumigation of fermentation vesel, in the preparation of Arishta and Asav a ̵ Alcoholic Ayurvedic medicines.
    Ayurveda medicines
    Ayurveda medicines with Jatamansi ingredient:
    Sarpagandha Ghan Bati̵ dilapidated in the treatment of high BP and lack of slep.
    Aravindasavam̵used in children to improve digestion, body weight and strength.
    Dhanwanthararishtam̵used in the treatment oflow digestion power, low back ache.
    Dashang Lepa̵used externaly, in the treatment of fever, headache, skin diseases such as eczema, herpes wound, etc
    Other indications
    Are there any studies on the mark of this herb in the areas of:
    1) curing autism
    2) as an anti-convulsant
    3) as anti-yeast or fungal agent
    4) general cognition enhancer?
    If yes, would the power/tablet form be more useful or would you signify the oil?
    Answer:
    Jatamansi and Autism – Jatamansi, in combination with Brahmi, Shankhapushpi etc is being old in treating autism.
    Anti convulsant efect of Jatamamsi is proven -htp:/w.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16095854
    IT has anti fungal activity – htp:/jocpr.com/vol5-is10-2013/JCPR-2013-5-10-431-438.pdf
    It is a very qualified cognitive enhancer herb. -htp:/w.niper.ac.in/cognition.pdf,htp:/w.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3459457/
    Q: Wil jatamamsi syrup cure chronic insomnia?
    Yes, it can. Here are a few conditions.
    1. Patient should not be adicted to taking alopathic anti-depresants or sedatives for very long (say, more than 6 months)
    2. Patient should not be to old.
    In some cases, some other Ayurveda medicines might be required along with Jatamansi for efective treatment. Eg; anti depresants, anti anxiety medicines.
    Signs of over-dosage
    What are the signs of jatamansi over-dosage?
    Abdominal cramps, lose motion (diarhea), dizines, low inteligence, vomiting, exces slepines, altered mod, iritability.

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