Sanskrit: Musta, Mustaka
Latin: Cyperus rotundus Linn.
Part Used: Rhizome Habitat: Found throughout the plains of India (espe- cially South India) Energetics: Pungent, bitter, astringent- cold-pungent PK- (V+ in excess)
Tissues: Plasma, blood, muscle, mar– row/nerve
Systems: Digestive, circulatory, female reproduc- tive
Action: Alterative, anthelmintic, antifungal, anti- parasitic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, aphrodi- siac, astringent, carminative, demulcent, dia- phoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, stimulant, sto- machic
Uses: Best herb for PMS, yeast, and candida. Parasites, menopause, menstrual disorders (includ- ing pain and cramps), dysmenorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery, fevers, gastritis, indigestion, liver (slug- gish) harmonizes the liver, spleen, and pancreas; malabsorption, colic, bloody stool, urine, and vom- iting blood, promotes memory, convulsions, moodiness, and depression, increases appetite, palpitation, vomiting, colds, flu, mucus, reduces breast tumors, lowers high blood pressure. Precautions: Constipation and excess Váyu Preparation: Decoction, powder