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Herb Information
Name: Nutgrass
Biological Name: Cyperus rotundus

Cyperaceae

Other Names: Nutgrass, Musta, Mustaka, Mutha

Mustaka, Muttanga, Matha

Description:

This grass-like herb is found in South India. It has tuberous roots or rhizomes that are fragrant. It had been mentioned in Sahasrayoga.

Parts Used: Rhizome
Medicinal Applications

Action 

Alterative, anthelmintic, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, refrigerant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic

Uses

(high) blood pressure
bloody stool, urine, and vomiting blood
breast tumors
candida
colds and flu
colic
convulsions
diarrhea
dysentery
dysmenorrhea
fevers
gastritis
indigestion
malabsorption
mental health (moodiness, and depression)
menstrual disorders (pain, cramps, and PMS)
menopause
palpitation
parasites
vomiting

The decoction of the roots and tubers are excellent antidote to all poisons. A paste of the fresh tubers applied to the breasts acts as an effective galactagogue. The root is often used for developing high memory. This herb also harmonizes the liver, spleen, and pancreas. 

Dosage: Decoction, powder
Safety:

Caution: Constipation.

No further information about the safety of this herb is available.
Use caution. Ayurvedic herbs are often taken in combination to neutralize the toxicity one herb with the opposing effect of other. Do not take except under the supervision of a qualified professional.

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