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Bengali Name : Jatamamsi
Chinese Name : Gan song
English Name : Musk Root, Indian Spikenard
French Name : Nard Indien
German Name : Achte Narde, Moschuswurzel, Sumbulwurzel
Gujarati Name : Baalchad, Kalichad, Jatamasi
Hindi Name : Balcharr, Charr, Jatamashi
Kannada Name : Bhootajata, Ganagila maste
Kashmiri Name : Bhut-jaat, Bhutijatt
Latin name : Nardostachys jatamansi DC.
Marathi Name : Jatamansi
Persian Name : Sumbul Hindi, Narde Hindi, Reshahwala
Punjabi Name : Balchhar, Chharguddi
Sanskrit Name : Jatamansi, Mansi, Jata, Jatila
Urdu Name : Balcharr, Sumbul-ut-teeb
Recommended Dosage: 3 to 5 g powder of dried root.
Contraindication: This herb is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation. Large doses may cause vomiting and diarrhoea with abdominal pain.
The root has analgesic, antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, aromatic, bitter, brain tonic, cardiotonic, carminative, cholagogue, deobstruent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, nervine, sedative, stimulant and tonic properties. Charaka, Sushruta, Vagbhata, all the three stalwarts of Ayurveda have recommended Jatamansi most frequently in mental disorders, as a sedative and tranquilliser. It promotes hair growth and imparts a black colour to the hair. It is a tonic for the heart, liver and brain. It counteracts the effect of mental stress and anxiety disorders by its tranquillising action. It promotes appetite and digestion and brings forth a significant reduction in hyperactive children. It is also useful in hepatitis, enlargement of liver and jaundice. As it improves the quantity of urine, it is salutary in urinary problems like dysuria and inflammation of urinary bladder. Also removes stone in kidney.
The oil possesses antiarrhythmic and hypnotic activity. The oil for massage is extremely useful for smooth, silky and healthy hair.