Jatamansi {Nardostachys jatamansi}

Jatamansi also known as Indian Spikenard balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances all three Doshas but especially good for pacifying Vata
  2. Taste –Bitter, astringent
  3. Energetics – Cooling
  4. Main Traditional Action: Brain tonic (important Ayurvedic relaxing herbs used to calm an agitated mind and bring inner peace)
  5.  Other Traditional Uses: medhya rasayana, antiepileptic, spasmolytic, insomnia, and for disorders of cardiovascular system


Modern Research

Studied for its effects as an antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticonvulsant, and for improving learning and memory. A number of diverse studies have also looked at its ability to relieve chronic fatigue syndrome, as acetylcholinesterase inhibitor for use with Alzheimer’s disease, for attenuation of 6-hydroxydopamine-induced parkinsonism,  for doxorubicin induced myocardial injury with respect to lipid metabolism, for protection in rat cerebral ischemia, actions on biogenic amines and inhibitory amino acids, as a hypolipidaemic agent, for its protection against cytokine-induced beta-cell damage and streptozotocin-induced diabetes, and for its inhibitory effect om lipopolysaccharide-induced endotoxin shock.