Botanical Name Cymbopogon caesius
Family Poaceae (Grass)
Origin India
Description Munjantak is a perennial grass that grows up to 1-1.5 meters tall. It has blue-green leaves that are long and narrow. The inflorescence is a panicle with branches that bear clusters of small spikelets.
Parts Used The aerial parts of the plant, especially the leaves, are used in traditional medicine.
Dose The recommended dose of Munjantak varies depending on the preparation and condition being treated. It is typically used as a decoction or infused oil.

Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Munjantak is used in various Ayurvedic formulations such as Dashamoola, Brihatyadi Kashayam, and Balachaturbhadra Churna.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) There is no specific antidote for Munjantak poisoning. However, in case of overdose, supportive treatment should be provided.
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Laghu (Light), Tikshna (Sharp), Sara (Mobile)
Rasa (Taste): Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
Vipak (Metabolism): Katu (Pungent)
Virya (Potency): Ushna (Hot)
Prabhav (Impact): Medhya (Brain tonic)
Other Names Sanskrit: Musta, Mustaka, Sugandhimula
Hindi: Motha, Nagarmotha
Bengali: Mutha
Kannada: Tung
Malayalam: Korai-kizhangu
Marathi: Motha
Oriya: Mudha
Telugu: Tungamustalu



Distribution Munjantak is native to India and is found throughout the country in areas with a tropical and subtropical climate.
Pharmacognosy The essential oil obtained from the grass is rich in citral and geraniol, which have antimicrobial, antifungal, and insecticidal properties.
Cultivation Munjantak can be grown in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. It prefers full sunlight and requires moderate watering.
Physical Constituents Munjantak is rich in antioxidants, which protect the body against oxidative stress and cell damage.
Chemical Constituents The main chemical constituents of Munjantak include essential oils, flavonoids, alkaloids, and phenolic compounds.


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