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Updated: Feb 27, 2021

Jatamansi, also known as “Tapaswani” in Ayurveda, is a perennial, dwarf, hairy, herbaceous and endangered plant species. It acts as a brain tonic and helps to improve memory and brain functions by preventing cell damage due to its antioxidant property.It also calms down the brain and manages anxiety as well as insomnia. According to Ayurveda, Jatamansi helps in preventing wrinkles due to its Snigdha (oily) nature. It also promotes wound healing due to its Ropan (healing) property. 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. The decoction of the drug is also used in neurological disorders, insomnia, and disorders of cardiovascular system. It has been reported to exhibit antidepressant, anticonvulsant and anti arrhythmic activities as well as to possess antioxidant and lipid per oxidation activities

It contains antioxidants and promotes hair growth on its own and in synergy with other herbs. Jatamansi (Nardostachys ) is a small shrub whose rhizomes may speed hair growth. It's been shown to increase hair growth in alopecia caused by chemotherapy.

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