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Cyperus rotundus




Mustaka, Musta (Nagarmotha Cy. scariosus)



Nut grass

Latin name


Cyperus rotundus




Morphology: Perennial herb, rhizomes stoloniferous. Stems sparsely tufted erect. Leaves are flat, liner green with prominent nerves and scabrous. Flowers are 10-20 flowered pale or purplish. Stamens 3. Fruit is a Nut oblong, trigonous, stramineous and stiptate.


Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:



Tikta (bitter), Katu (pungent), Kashaya (astringent)



Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry)



Shita (cold)



Katu (pungent)



Kapha-Pitta Shamaka


Useful parts



Medicinal uses


It is light, bitter, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, anthelminthic, galactogogue, emmenogogue and nervine tonic. It is found useful in diarrhoea with mucus. It is commonly given in fever. It cures kapha and pitta disorders, dyspepsia, vomiting, indigestion, thirst, worm troubles, cough, bronchitis, dysuria, and poisonus affections.



Churna (powder) 3-6 gms; Kwatha (decoction) 50-100 ml.

Important formulations


Shadangapaniya, Gangadhara Churna.


Home remedies:

  1. In indigestion, 5gm powder of Musta should be taken along with honey or boiled with milk.
  2. Its paste on breasts should be applied to increase the quantity of breast milk.
  3. Its paste should also be applied to reduced itching on the skin.

Its powder is also beneficial in dyspnoea, epilepsy and various digestive disorders.



In Ayurveda Mustaka is described as a good digestant and enhancer of biological fire. Its rhizomes are used for washing hair. Oil is obtained from tubers and is used by perfumes as fixative. It acts as an antiperspirant and deodorant. Oil is used as hair tonic.  

Recent studies have also suggested that Musta (Cyperus rotundus) is very effective against inflammatory bowel diseases. It is also showed significant antidiarrhoeal activity and anti diabetic activity. Oral daily administration of Mustaka significantly lowered the blood glucose levels. This antihyperglycemic activity can be attributed to its antioxidant activity. Biological efficacy of C. rotundus tubers extract on weight control in obese is also evaluated and it was demonstrated that administration of C. rotundus tubers extract induced a significant reduction in weight gain without affecting food consumption or inducing toxicity.

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