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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Jati  
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English: Nutmeg  
Botanical: Myristica fragrans  
Hindi: Jay ka pet  
Telugu: Jadikae  
Common names:  Jatimaram, Sivigaram, Jaypha , Jajikayi  
Family name: Myristicaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Flower
  • Fruit
  • The dried and de-husked seeds
  • Arils
  • Oil

Contents: Alkaloids: terpene hydrocarbons, sabinene and pinenes; furthermore camphene, p-cymene, phellandrene, terpinene, limonene, myrcene.

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Bitter and spice.
  • Vipaka: Spice.
  • Veerya: Ushna veerya.

4. Uses:


  • It cures headache, nerve fevers, cold fevers, foul breath, and intestinal weakness.
  • It is stomachic, stimulant, carminative, Analgesic, Aromatic, carminative, hallucinogenic, expectorant, deobstruent, sialagogue, and emmenagogue in nature.
  • In the cases of dyspepsia, intestinal catarrh and colic it helps a lot.
  • Useful in insomnia, digestive disorders, rheumatism, skin disorders, dehydration, depression and common cold.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sugandha: Good fragrance.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Madasoundya: Which creates Mada.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika.

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