Nagarmotha or musta is a rhizomatous weed that grows in many parts of the world – tropical, sub-tropical and temperate countries. It is a perennial plant grows to a height of 5-6 feet. Young plant stems sends root and shoots known as rhizome. Rhizome grows downwards and horizontally and forms dark reddish-brown tubers. It is also known as purple nutsedge, nut grass or Java grass. It’s botanical name is Cyperus rotundus which belongs to Cyperaceae family.
Chemical Constituents –
Main chemical constituents of the drug are- cyperene, humulen, selinene, zierone, campholenic aldehyde, longiverbenone, copaene, limonene etc.
Tuber is the main important part of nagarmotha that is used for medicinal purposes.
• Nagarmotha or musta powder 3-6 g
• Nagarmotha decoction 50-100 ml in divided doses per day.
• Nagarmotha supports regular menstrual cycles and a healthy metabolism
• Promotes liver health, gut health, kidney health, and digestive health
• Benefits of musta powder include the maintenance of body fluids and normal body temperature
• Daily consumption helps maintain normal water balance
• It rejuvenates and nourishes the skin
• Promotes regular elimination, cleansing, and cools down the lymphatic system
• It helps to improve breast milk production and also relieves milk duct clogs.
• It is useful in urinary tract infections, dysuria and vaginal white discharge.
Ayurvedic Formulations –
• Navaka Guggulu
Side Effects –
There are no known side effects with this medicine. However, people with constipation may find the symptoms worsen with this medicine.
It is safe to use in children and during lactation. Consult your doctor for its usage during pregnancy.
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