Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans)

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Jaiphal (Jatiphal)

Jaiphal (Latinname - Myristica fragrans), also known as Nutmeg, is an evergreen native tree of Indonesia. It is widely grown in tropical regions like China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Caribbean Islands, Sri Lanka, India and South America. The fruit of Jatiphala is known for its fragrance and aroma. Jatiphala is bitter, pungent in taste which is dry, strong and penetrative with hot potency. It is known to balance kapha and vata doshas.

Therapeutic uses of Jaiphal or Jatiphala:

  • Very useful in clearing throat, cough, asthma, throat pain, irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea due to its water absorbing and sputum absorbing properties.

  • It reduces bad breath in mouth, moisture in mouth and excessive thirst.

  • Used to relieve bloating, flatulence and abdominal pain.

  • Used to balance the blood sugar levels and to treat urinary tract infections.

  • It acts as a cardiac tonic and improves the heart metabolism.

  • It has aphrodisiac properties which can improve the vigor.

  • It acts as an appetizer, improves taste and digestion strength.

  • Can treat intestinal worm and intestinal infections.

  • It can relieve nausea and vomiting.

  • Jaiphal can reduce the allergic rhinitis.

  • It is a natural detoxifier which improves the skin tone and complexion.

  • It improves deep sleep and treats insomnia.

  • Paste made of Jatiphal can relieve headache and joint pains.

  • Useful in convulsions and epilepsy.

  • Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

  • The oil acts as a stimulant and is applied externally on penis to treat erectile dysfunction.

  • Jatiphal is extensively recommended in pregnancy.

  • Jaiphal is used to treat cold in infants.

  • It is known to relive depression.

  • It boosts immunity and resistance power.

  • It can detoxify kidneys and liver.

Side effects of Jaiphal:

  • Excess intake of Jatiphala might cause stomach pain, hallucination, restlessness or allergy.

  • Over-dosage of Jatiphala might cause convulsions, weak pulse, hypothermia, nut allergies giddiness, nausea and vomiting.