Nutmeg in Ayurveda

Nutmeg is one of the best spices for soothing Vata, the imbalance of which currently affects up to 80% of the population. It eliminates digestive problems and calms the mind and nervous system.

A big problem in the modern world is malabsorption syndrome – this is when absorption in the small intestine is disturbed, accompanied by diarrhea alternating with constipation, gas, weakening of the body and many other unpleasant symptoms from the gastrointestinal tract. Nutmeg can be effectively used in the complex treatment of malabsorption syndrome along with other means.

Due to its ability to improve digestion, nutmeg is an excellent remedy for diarrhea
  • In Western herbal medicine, the following combination is used: equal amounts of nutmeg, raspberry leaf, mullein leaf and altea.
  • To stop diarrhea, nutmeg works well on its own or can be added in low-fat sour milk.
  • To treat diarrhea in children, nutmeg can be given with a banana.
  • Nutmeg is good at eliminating painful spasms in the intestines and can be used to remove gas.
  • It is also an effective antiemetic.
  • Nutmeg also helps with food allergies.
Effective nutmeg in the treatment of Vata-Kapha type obesity
Nutmeg in Ayurveda
Nutmeg in Ayurveda

This type of constitution is characterized by the fact that the nervousness of Vata is superimposed on the slowed metabolism of Kapha. Due to such a complex mixture of doshas, obesity of this type is extremely difficult to treat. The most rational thing here will be to calm Vata first, and only then engage in weight loss on the Kapha diet. To calm Vata and improve digestion, nutmeg will be very useful in this situation.

Nutmeg is also used in the treatment of anorexia

Anorexia – nervous rejection of food. Young girls who want to lose weight often suffer from the disease. Against the background of constant stress due to one’s figure, fear of overeating, a disease occurs in which there is an aversion to food or even its rejection in the form of instant vomiting after any meal. In this case, nutmeg acts in two guises – as a sedative and as a digestive improver.

Nutmeg has expectorant properties, so it is used in the treatment of lung and bronchial diseases.

Milk decoction of nutmeg improves well-being in hypertension in people with Vata constitution or Vata imbalances.

Nutmeg is useful for premenstrual syndrome in women of Vata constitution or for disorders of Vata dosha. In this case, it is useful to prepare a milk decoction with equal parts of turmeric and nutmeg. Nutmeg will also help with disorders of the female cycle – dysmenorrhea.

For insomnia, nutmeg is good by itself or can be used in a composition: two parts of ashwagandha and valerian and one part of nutmeg and licorice are mixed into a powder, used 3 grams at night with warm milk, ghee or water.

Well, and the last interesting property of nutmeg – it can be used for violations and mistakes in the practice of pranayama. Many people now practice pranayama, and sometimes mistakes can occur in the process of this yoga practice. To eliminate the consequences of such mistakes, nutmeg will be just right.

And, as always, at the end of the article, we will give the general Ayurvedic characteristics of nutmeg (according to V. Lad and D. Frawley):

  • Part used: seeds
  • Energy: warming
  • Taste: sharp
  • Taste after digestion (on the contrary): sharp
  • Acts on systems: digestive, nervous, reproductive
  • Joint action: in ‘caustic, invasive, sedative, strengthens nerves, aphrodisiac, stimulant.
  • Indications for use: poor absorption of food, abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal gases, insomnia, nervous disorders, impotence.
  • Contraindications: pregnancy, high Pitta
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