Jatamamsi (Spikenard) Powder - Wonder Herbals India


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According to Ayurveda Jatamansi not only increases the power of the brain but also keeps the mental problems away.
Jatamansi being rejuvenator breathes new life in the nervous system of the body.
Improves complexion and aids in healthy and a glowing look.
Increase strength of the body.
It is carminative and aromatic.
It is useful in keeping the mind cool and healthy.
Jatamansi is said to be of therapeutic usefulness.
It alleviates pain and swelling.
Possesses anti-spasmodic, diuretic and emmenagogue (that which promotes the flow of blood in females) properties.
The roots of the herb Jatamansi tone the brain and stabilize mental ability. It is an excellent tonic as it helps to subside all the three humors. It has specific action on the nervous system.
Provides blissful sleep conditioning on the body dosha.
It is used in many ayurvedic herbs due to its numerous herbal properties.

jatamansi is the root of Indian Ayurvedic Herb botanically known as Nardostachys Jatamansi and belongs to Nardostachys genus and Valerianaceae family.

Common Names

Botanical Name Nardostachys Jatamansi
Botanical Synonym Nardostachys Grandiflora
English Name Spikenard Muskroot
Hindi Name Jatamansi

General Information about Plant

Nardostachys Jatamansi is commonly found in parts of India, China and Tibet. It is perennial herb having aromatic characteristics.

Type of plant Nardostachys Jatamansi is a flowering plant belonging to the Valerian family, which mainly grows in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas.
Native range Nardostachys Jatamansi grows widely in the Kumaon Himalayas, the Eastern and Central Himalayas, and the Sino-Indian Himalayan regions. It can also be found in the Himalayan belt through the Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan.
Height Nardostachys Jatamansi plant grows up to 1 m in height.
Habitat It usually grows at an altitude of 3000–5000 meters.
Flowers It has pink, bell-shaped flowers.

Medicinal Properties

Nardostachys Jatamansi has many similar medicinal properties like Bacopa Monnieri (Water hyssop) including anti-stress, anti-convulsive, and cognitive-enhancing abilities. However, unlike Bacopa, the research related to its medicinal value is still in its preliminary stage. It is an aromatic herb, which exerts cooling action in the body. Let’s have a quick look at its medicinal properties that responsible for its medicinal uses:

  • Neuroprotective
  • Anti-stress
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anxiolytic
  • Anti-cataleptic
  • Anti-seizure (Anticonvulsant)
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antihypertensive
  • Deodorant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal (Jatamansi oil)
  • Carminative
  • Stomachic
  • Heart Tonic
  • Mild Diuretic (by exerting stimulant action on kidneys)
  • Anti-histaminic
  • Mild laxative

Ayurvedic Properties

RASA (Taste) TIKTA (Bitter), KASAYA (Astringent), MADHURA (Sweet)
GUNA (Main Quality) LAGHU (Light), SNIGADH or SNEHA (Unctuous or Oily)
VIRYA (Potency) SHEETA (Cool)
VIPAKA (Resultant) KATU (Pungent)
PRABHAVA (Action) Anti-stress
DOSHA KARMA Balances Tridosha
Dhatu (Tissue) Effect RASA, RAKTA
Organs Effect Nerves, Mind, Intestine, Uterus, Heart, Kidneys, Skin
Main Indication Stress and mood disorders


The main therapeutic indication of Jatamansi is mood and stress disorders. The list of its indications is as follows: –

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety Disorders
  3. Panic Disorders
  4. Insomnia
  5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  6. Hysteria
  7. Epilepsy
  8. Convulsions
  9. Intestinal Colic
  10. Headache
  11. Ulcer
  12. Memory Loss
  13. Heart Palpitation
  14. Bad body odor

It also acts on the liver and digestive system. It increases appetite, decreases bloating, reduces abdominal pain and intestinal inflammation. Therefore, it is also indicated in following diseases:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal distension
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease


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