Biological Name: Cyperus rotundus
Other Names: Nutgrass, Musta, Mustaka, Mutha, Mustaka, Muttanga, Matha
Nepali Name: Mothe
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
Alterative, anthelmintic, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, refrigerant, stimulant, stomachic, tonic
(high) blood pressure
bloody stool, urine, and vomiting blood
colds and flu
mental health (moodiness, and depression)
menstrual disorders (pain, cramps, and PMS)
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
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.