Tagara, Bala-tagra, Sugandh-bala, Indian Valerian


Sanskrit: Tagara


Hindi: Tagar, Bala-tagra, Sugandh-bala

English: Indian Valerian
Latin: Valeriana wallichii DC. (V. leschenauitic, V. brunoniana)

Part Used: Rhizome (root)

Habitat: Himalayan temperate regions, Kashmir, Bhutan; Afghanistan

Energetics: Bitter, pungent, sweet, astringent hot- pungent VK- P+

Tissues: Plasma, muscle, marrow/nerve

Systems: Nervous, digestive, respiratory Action: Stimulant, antispasmodic, stomachic,

sedative, analeptic, carminative, nervine

Uses: Diminishes irritability of the brain and spi- nal marrow; nervous cough, dysmenorrhea, palpi- tations, migraine, chronic skin disorders, gas, colic, vertigo, nervous debility, failing reflexes, spasms, menopausal spasms, menstrual cramps, G.I. fer– mentation, insomnia, delirium, neuralgia, convul- sions, nervous exhaustion, mental stress, and overwork; hysteria, epilepsy. One of the best herbs for Váyu nervous  disorders; cleanses undigested tox- ins (áma) from the colon, blood, joints, and nerves; clears nerve channels from excess Váyu; fainting; mixed with calamus (vachá) it is less dulling (4:1). Its relative, jaóámáò¤hí, is tridoßhic, also a seda- tive, but not tamasic spiritually dulling).

Spiritual Uses: It is tamasic, not recommended for meditation

Preparation: Infusion, decoction, powder, pills Precaution: Excessive use may dull the mind. Ex- cessive doses may cause central paralysis and other severe conditions. Use only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner

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