Tagara is known as Indian valerian in English. The root stock of this herb have natural aromatic oils. The root and rhizome of the herb used for medicinal purposes. Tagara – valerian wallichii is a plant described in Ayurveda for the treatment of wounds, arthritis, cough, asthma, general debility, fever and cases of animal bite.
In Charaka Samhita – Sheeta Prashanama – cold relieving group of herbs Tikta Skandha – bitter tasting group of herbs Part used – Root, rhizome
Dosage – Powder of root 1 to 3 grams
Ayurveda Properties and Action of Tagara
• Rasa(taste of tongue) – Kashaya(Astringent), Katu (Pungent), Tikta ( Bitter)
• Guna (Pharmacological action) – Laghu (Light), Snigdha (Unctuous)
• Virya (Action) – Ushna (Hot)
• Vipaka(Transformed state after digestion) – Katu(Pungent) Reduces vata, kapha and increases pitta. It has property of digestion and gives feeling of light ness. It cures diseases of vata.
• Vishagna – Poison- destroying
• Tridoshahara – Corrects the imbalance of vata, pitta, kapha
• Rakta dosha hara – Blood purifying
• Manasa dosha hara – Cures psychological disorders.
Important Therapeutic uses of Tagara
• Disturbed sleep, insomnia, mental fatigue.
• Anxiety, stress, restlessness, nervousness, depression, epilepsy.
Health Benefits of Tagara
• It calms the mind
• It corrects sleep cycle
• It supports better sleep
• It helps to reduce stress, anxiety & irritability
• It removes obstruction from the nerves. It gives relief in pain
• It is hot potency & reduces kapha
• Provides sedative & sleep enhancing properties.
• The paste of the root of Tagara is applied over the joints in cases of arthritis to relieve the pain.
• The paste of the root of tagara is applied over the area affected with insect bite and scorpion sting.
• The paste of the root of tagara is applied externally over the area affected with skin diseases like discoloration and ring worm.
Following medicines contains tagara: Pippalyasavam Vilwadi gulika, Stress support.