Nardostachys jatamansi DC. is an important indigenous drug found in Himalayan region. The roots and the rhizomes of N. jatamansi, as mentioned in Ayurveda, have been used in various herbal formulations including dietary supplements. This important traditional drug is also used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, syncope, convulsions, and mental weakness.

Herb - Jatamansi

Ayurvedic Actions

Rasa (Taste)Tikta, Kasaya, Madhura
Virya (Energy)Cooling
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Light, Snigda (unctuous)
Doshic EffectBalances v- p-k

Health Benefits

Insomnia - 

Persistent problems falling and staying asleep.

Jatamansi is useful to induce sound sleep. Jatamansi calms the nervous system due to its Tridosha balancing property. It helps in sound sleep because of its unique Nidrajanana (sleep inducing) effect.

  1. Improves skin complexion and lustre. 
  2. Useful in skin diseases.
  3. Helps to lower blood pressure
  4. Useful in treating depression and anxiety.

Jatamansi is useful to manage the symptoms of anxiety. Jatamansi helps to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. This is due to its property of Tridosha balancing and a unique Medhya (improve intelligence) effect. Best medicine for sleep and stress.

Improves brain function and memory 

Jatamansi helps in managing the symptoms of memory loss when used on a regular basis. Jatamansi is useful to enhance memory and gives instant mental alertness. This is due to its Tridosha balancing and Medhya (improve intelligence) properties. 

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor)

Part used -  Rhizome

Dosage -1-3 g

Avoid use during pregnancy and lactation because of the lack of clinical studies.


  1. Sharma, PV: Dravyaguna Vijnana, Chaukhambha Bharati Academy, Varanasi, 1969; 2-3, 928.

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