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Tagara (Valeriana wallichi)

Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

Tagara, commonly known as Indian Valerian grows mainly in Kashmir areas. The plant have excellent antipoisonous actions. The name itself means that it can act against compound poison and is a very good antidote for Poisonous conditions. It is also known as Natam due to its antipoisonous nature. 


Dr.Gupta’s IAFA have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Tagara and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antiallergic, Analgesic, antipoisonous, Antiinflammatory actions etc. Tagara can be used in various diseases like Joint disease, Gout, Pain, Cough, Skin disorders etc. Studies have proven that oil extracted from seeds of Tagara can effectively be used in carpal tunnel syndrome. Seed extracts of Tagara is also proven to possess analgesic properties. Various studies have proven that it is potent immunosuppressive agent. Nowadays Tagara is also used for treating allergic conditions.

Action of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Tagara. The plant contains phytoconstituents like Atinidine, Carotene, Jatamansic acid, Nardol, Valeranol, Virolin, Hexacosanic acid etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory property of Tagara. It can be effectively used against allergic conditions. 

Vernacular names and Classification

Botanical Name Valeriana wallichi 
Family Valerianaceae
Native Names
Sanskrit Name Tagara, Kutila, Natam
Hindi Name Tagar
English Name Indian Valerian
Malayalam Name Tagara
Kannada Name Mushkabal
Marathi Name Tagar

Ayurveda reference of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

Morphology of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

  • Hairy perennial herb 
  • Stem is 15-45 cm high
  • Leaves are basal, long stalked
  • Flowers are white
  • Fruits are hairy 

Geographical distribution of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

Tagara is foundin Kashmir and high altitude .

Phytoconstituents of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

The plant contains phytoconstituents like Atinidine, Carotene, Jatamansic acid, Nardol, Valeranol, Virolin, Hexacosanic acid etc.

Parts used of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

  • Root

Dosage of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

  • Powder(churna)- 3-6 g

Medicinal Properties of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

  • Kasa hara – relieves cough
  • Sulahara-relieves pain
  • Sophahara – relieves swelling 
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma 
  • Balya – promote strength 
  • Kushtaghna – useful in skin diseases   
  • Jwaraghna – useful in treating fever
  • Dipana  – carminative 
  • Pacana – digestant 

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Home remedies of Tagara – Valeriana wallichi

Tagara is a small herb seen all over India. It is widely used as a medicine in different diseases in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine. It contribute to different home remedies. Some of them are,

  • In Gout (Vatarakta) – A paste is prepared from seeds of Tagara and Ricinus communis and with milk and applied over skin. 
  • In Pain (Sula)  – Root of Tagara is made into a paste with milk and Satahva and applied over skin.
  • In Swelling (Sotha) – Application of paste of Tagararoots with milk cures swelling. 
  • In Cough (Kasa)  – Powder of rootof Tagara is taken with honey to cure cough.
  • In Skin diseases (Kushta) – A paste is made of Tagararoot and milk and applied over skin.
  • As a carminative (Deepana) – Tagara powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative. 
  • In Fever (Jwara) due to Vata–  Decoction made of Tagara is taken to cure fever due to Vata dosha.
  • As strength promoter (Balya) -Tagara is powdered and taken with milk.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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