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Valerian plant

Scientific name of Valerian Plant: Valeriana wallichi

Name of Valerian in different languages:-

English: Indian Valerian, Valerian Jatamansi, Taggar

Sanskrit: Kalanusari, Nata

Hindi: Takaram- तगरम्

Tamil: Tagarai

Malayalam: Takaram- തകരം, Jadamanchi-ജടാമാഞ്ചി 

Plant description:

valerian-rootsIt is an erect, perennial plant, found in Himalaya region of India, it grows up to four feet tall, leaves arranged pinnately, divided and heart-shaped, .flowers are pink or white born on the leaf top as clusters. The roots are brown, hairy and spindly mass. The rhizomes are the useful plant part used as medicines in Ayurveda, which is greenish-brown in color and hard.

 

 

Leaf Arrangement

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 Cordate-heartshaped Margin_Entire Arcuated

 

Useful plant parts:

Root, rhizome

Medicinal uses:

To reduce high BP, stress and anxiety, to cure muscle spasms and menstrual cramps, nervous, eye disorders, asthma, menstrual disorders, muscle cramps, blood and liver problems.

Chemical contents:

Alkaloids (Chatarine and Valerianine, valerenic acids), Arginine, hydroxy valerenic acid, acethoxy valerenic acid, Tyrosine, and Glutamine.

Valerian is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurvedic medicines like:

Eladi choornam

Pippallyasavam

Himasagara Tailam

Nisosiradi Thailam

Devadarvyarishtam

Dhanwanthararishtam

Lodhrasavam

Sudarsanasava

Badratharvadi Kashayam

Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu

Sahacharadi Kuzhambu

Madana Kameswari Lehyam

Vilwadi Gulik

Bala Thailam

Baladhatryadi Thailam

Mahanarayan thailam

Manjishtadi Thailam

Mushikadi Taila

Prabhanjana Vimardanam Thailam

Prameha Mihira Taila

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