Valeriana wallichii or Tagara is a rhizome herb. The major species of the genus Valeriana, is native to China, Nepal and India. It is pretty appropriate herb in Ayurvedic system of medicine, mainly preferred as an analeptic, antispasmodic, carminative, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, and nervine. It is one of the best herbs for insomnia.
Botanical name-Valeriana wallichii
English name – Indian Valerian
Hindi name –Mushkbala, Sugandhabala
Common Name(s): Tagar, Kala, Sugandhabala, Kalaanusari,
Useful parts of Tagar: Dried roots and rhizome
Energetics of Tagar
According to Ayurveda
Rasa (taste on tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Snigdha (Unctuous)
Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Katu (Pungent)
Effect on Tridosha: Pacifies Vata and Kapha dosha
Major chemical constituents
Rhizomes and roots contain acacetin-7-O-rutinosides, cyclopentapyrans (sedative, tranquilizing and bacteriocidal properties), valtrate, valepotriates, didrovaltrate, linarin iso-valerinate, iridoid ester glycoside, valerosidatum, Cyclopentapyrans.
Benefits of Tagar
Vishaghna: Anti toxin
Raktadoshahar: blood purifying
Manasadoshhara: cures psychological disorders
Chaksusya- beneficial for the eyes
Sirsa dosaghna- alleviates the diseases of the head
Mutrajanan- diuretic. Because it is diuretic, hence, beneficial in dysuria
Kusta– useful in skin disorders
Jwaragna- relieves fever
Analgesic: relieves pain.
Antispasmodic: relieves spasm of smooth muscle.
Antimicrobial: active against microbes.
Anthelmintic: expel parasitic worms
Anticonvulsant: prevent the severity of epileptic fits or other convulsions.
Carminative: Prevent the expulsion of flatulence.
Radioprotective: protect from the injurious effect of radiations.
Tonic: give a feeling of well-being.
Tranquilizer: reduces anxiety.
- It is widely utilized in nervous disorders. It is utilized in mind, neuron related issues. It’s most important use is that it is the best treatment for sleeping disorders, especially the lack of sleep, as it does not have any side effects. It acts as a sedative and sleep-promoting agent that’s often used as a milder alternative for stronger synthetic sedatives, like benzodiazepines, within the treatment of nervous and anxiety-induced sleep disturbances. The Valerenic acid present in roots of Tagar inhibit enzyme system liable for the central catabolism of GABA, increasing GABA concentration and decreasing CNS activities resulting in having the sedative effect on patients.
- Helps in Anxiety and Depression
- Mental stress
- Memory loss (mild effects)
- Headache (more beneficial in headache, which is mild, dull and continuous steady pain. It may not help with throbbing pain and severe headache.)
- Migraine (with feeling of nausea, dull pain, and continuous steady headache)
- Unmanageable emotional excesses
- Hypochondria (fear of illness)
- Tremors (mildly effective and should require mixing its root powder with other herbs)
- Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
It is employed within the digestion related problems. Tagar features a bitter flavor and its bitters gunas are meant to enhance appetite and digestion. The carminative and bitter properties assist in stimulating the appetite and treat indigestion and few other digestive problems like
- Digestive ulcers
- Loss of appetite related to mental disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Intestinal Gas
Bones & Joints
It is used widely in arthritis, rheumatic disorders and gout. It is often utilized in the form of paste to scale back swellings and pain. It relaxes the contracted muscles.
• Muscle spasm
• Muscular pain
- Menstrual cramps (Painful periods or dysmenorrhea)
• Anxiety related to menopause
• Amenorrhea (Mild Action)
It is often used both internally and externally. Externally it’s applied in wounds for correct healing.
It shouldn’t be used in pregnancy because it heavily impacts the uterus.
Avoid in children
It lowers the BP, so avoid over use.
Why Ayurveda24 Tagar?
Concentrated with 750 mg extract of tagar
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