Latin Name: Nardostachys jatamansi DC. (Valerianaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Jatamansi, Bhutajata, Tapasvini, Jatamansi, Bal-chad
The therapeutic benefits of Musk Root have been documented in various Ayurvedic texts. The herb is recommended for combating stress and insomnia. It is also known to enhance memory and treat mental instability. Cardiotonic properties have also been attributed to Musk Root.
The oil of Musk Root contains dnardostachone, valeranone and jatamansone as the major ketonic sesquiterpenes. These components give the herb its central tranquilizer and sedative properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- As a tranquilizer, sedative and central nervous system depressant, Musk Root is used to treat stress and nervine disorders.
- It is also known to treat irregular heart palpitations and as a remedy for high blood pressure.