Jatamansi, Spikenard, Stress, Anxiety

Stress, Anxiety, Spikenard, Jatamansi

By Veena Deo

The root of the plant Nardostachys or Spikenard resemble the tangled hair of an ascetic in India, hence the plant is named Jatamansi. The root and rhizome are used. It is used in India as an antiepileptic, hypotensive, analgesic, and antiemetic, antispasmodic, diuretic, anti anxiety herb and for stress relief. We will also talk about stress herbal supplements in this article.

Some know therapeutic values of Jatamansi as per Ayurvedic Doctors in India are for, high blood pressure, stress & strain related problems, menopausal problems in case of women, as a coolant and an analgesic.

Benefits of Spikenard or Jatamansi-

Can be used internally or externally

Imparts a sense of calm and peace to mind.

Internally, it is used to improve digestion, hepatitis and enlargement of liver.

Useful in menstrual problems, and to relieve, anxiety, depression, irritation related to menopause.

Excellent remedy for calming and soothing the mind.

Works as a tranquilizer and a mild sedative; useful in high blood pressure.

As per Ayurveda, it is one that rejuvenates the brain tissues.

The Rhizome and roots of Spikenard or Jatamansi are used as an anti-stress agent in Ayurveda and also marked as an anti-convulsant herb.

Spikenard contains biologically active compounds. All its parts, including root and rhizome, have beneficial properties.  Jatamansone is the principle compound obtained from the Rhizomes.

Herbal supplements that contain Spikenard or Jatamansi along with Ashwagandha and Bacopa, have a synergic effect to relieve nervousness, irritability, and are also effective in relieving the problems of stress, strain, support healthy mood levels and help in memory retention.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information and on supplements is provided for educational purposes only. For questions please email at


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