Sanskrit Name: Tagarah, Natah
Valeriana wallichi- Radix (Valerianaceae)
Alkaloids, Iridoids- valepotriates, valtrate, Essential oil- pienene,
limonene, cineole, borneol, malliol.1
NERVES: For excessive tension, anxiety, stress, restlessness from high vata- the heaviness and warmth ground the agitation- used in insomnia, panic attacks, lack of concentration. It specifically cleans the channels of toxins and stagnated tension. Can also be used in the treatment of mild depression when there are signs of mania.
Useful to help remove addictions to cigarettes, amphetamines and benzodiazepines. Good for diseases of the head- headaches, dizziness. It has a renowned traditional usage in the treatment of epilepsy and possession.2
HEART: Palpitations, tightness in the chest, High Blood Pressure - HBP- clears excessive vata from the thoracic region by regulating vyana and prana vayu.
GIT: As a warming carminative it is useful in a formula for visham agni- the erratic, bloated, dry type. It soothes all spasms in the intestines and relaxes the movement of stress from the mind to the GIT; the psychosomatic effect is transferred and is reciprocal! It balances samana vayu and can help to regulate the movement of apana vayu- Tagara has a mild laxative effect in vata prakriti. It prevents intestinal fermentation that is common in vata types. Can increase digestive metabolism in kapha types.3
GYNAECOLOGY: Used for menstrual pain and cramps. Used for irritability during the menopause.
LUNGS: Can benefit the wheezing and spasmodic coughing that is so common in asthma and bronchitis. The warmth clears the kapha and the heaviness opposes the lightness of vata.
May potentiate hypotensive medication. Caution in high pitta. Therapeutic experience points to certain 'hot' individuals being aggravated by Tagarah- the warmth of the herbal increases the aggravated heat and can exacerbate stimulation (usually in pitta/vata types).