Tagar/ Tagara/ Tagar-ganthoda/ Indian Valerian [Botanical Name: Valeriana wallichii] is a plant indigenous to the temperate Himalayas, Khasia hills, Found in Kashmir & Bhutan at a altitude of 3000 mts. Tagara is said to be native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Medicine is made from the root. In Ayurveda, the ancient sage Charak says Indian Valerian roots benefits include in combating neurological, psychological and digestive disorders. Ayurveda mentions Tagara is hot in potency, snigdha or unctuous in nature and helps to pacify Vitiated Vatta, Pitta & Kapha. As per traditional Ayurvedic texts, Tagara helps to improve eye functions and pain reducing action. Tagara helps to calm the mind, strengthens the nervous system and improve sleep quality in insomnia.
Tagar powder taken 1 tsp at night with warm water supports healthy blood circulation and improvement in Joint inflammation & pain. Indian valerian powder taken with ginger juice helps to provide relief from abdominal flatulence, bloatingness and stomach pain. Indian valerian extract taken 3-4 days before menstruation helps to combat stomach spasm during monthly period & ease abdominal discomfort. Tagar extract taken with pushkarmul & vacha helps to dilate airways in lungs and improve oxygen levels. Scientific study of Indian valerian has shown presence of valepotriates, essential oil which has sesquiterpenes, valeric acid, terpene alcohol which supports its action on body. Herbal tea prepared with Indian Valerian extract and honey, when consumed helps to destress and achieve sound sleep, due to presence of valepotriates.
External – powder paste with warm water and nilgiri oil helps to suppress joint inflammation and pain intensity in rheumatism. Hot infusion of Tagara herb is prepared and used to wash wounds to promote healing.