Jaiphal, also referred to as Nutmeg, is considered as an essential spice according to ancient Indian ayurvedic medicine. Jaiphal is easily accessible in the Indian kitchen in the form of a spice. It is known to have multiple health benefits which enable individuals to maintain their health both internally and externally. It has been proven to help individuals to lead healthy sexual lives as well.
East India nutmeg or Jaiphal is available in three grades. The first grade is called Banda Nutmeg which is considered to be the finest to use. It contains upto 8% of essential oil. The second grade is Siauw Nutmeg. It is almost as good as Banda nutmeg and contains 6.5% of essential oil. The third and final grade is Penang Nutmeg that is generally wormy, moldy and is suitable only for distillation purposes.
Jaiphal is mainly found in the Indian subcontinent and also in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Jaiphal is famously known as nutmeg all over India and other countries. Although, it is also recognised by different names in different regions. Its botanical name is Myristica fragrans. It is known as Jaiphal and Malti phal in Hindi; Jauzbuwa and Jaiphal in Urdu; Jows Buwwa, Jouza Atteeb (due to its smell), Josat attib, Zanza – ba Wawa in Arabic; Nutmeg in English; Djus Hendi, Jouz Hendi and Jozbaweh in Persian; Fuqlaj and Moschokarido in Unani; Jaatiphala, Jaatishasya and Maalatiphala in Ayurveda.
Moreover, it is called Jaiphal, Kanivish and Jaiphala in Assamese; Jayaphala and Jaepatri in Bengali; Zadi – phu in Burma; Nootmuskaat and Muskaatnoot in Dutch; Muscadier and Musque in French; Achter Muscatnussbaum in German; Jaiphala and Javantri in Gujarati; Egos Muskat and Egoz Muscat in Hebrew; Pala in Indonesian; Jadikai, Jaikar and Jajakai in Kannada; Jafal nad Zafal in Kashmiri; Neotumek, Notumek and Yuktugu in Korean; Muscata in Latin; Jatika and Bush in Malayalam; Jaiphal in Marathi; Jaiphal in Nepal; Jaipholo in Oriya; Jaiphal in Punjabi; Opex Muskatnyj Orekh in Russian; Jati – Phalam and Malathi – Phalam in Sanskrit.
It is referred to as Jafar and Jadika in Sindhi; Moscada and Neuz Moscada in Spanish; Sathkhai, Jathikai, Jadikkay, Jadhikai, Jadhikkai and Jathikai in Tamil; Jajikaya in Telugu; Meshgengouz, Mshkenkoyz and Mekenkouz in Armenian; Moschokarido in Greek; Noce Moscata in Italy, Nozmoscada in Portugese; Nucsoara in Romanian; Hindistan Cevizi in Turkish; Muscat in Uzbek and M. fragrans Houtt in Latin.
The Jaiphal tree is evergreen, bushy and that which can grow until about 10 – 20 meters in height. Its description is somewhat similar to that of an apple tree, which is beautiful and green. Its leaves are about 5 – 12 cm long, about 3 cm broad and either oval or rectangular in shape. The leaves are light in weight and have either a yellow or brown colour. Its flowers are small, somewhat round in shape and are white in color. The fruit of the Jaiphal plant are round or oval in shape and are about 3 – 5 cm long. They are reddish or yellowish in color. Inside these fruits lie solid, protected, seeds which are a little sticky to the touch and are brown in color. The seeds are covered with a layer known as javitri which gets separated once the seed dries up.
The specific ayurvedic properties of Jaiphal make it crucial in providing individuals with multiple health benefits. Jaiphal is Laghu (light) and Tikshna (sharp) in nature. These qualities make sure that it is easily digested. It is Tikta (bitter) in taste and Katu (pungent) in its after taste. It is Ushna (hot) in potency. It is especially known to possess Vata and Kapha Dosha balancing properties in the body. Hence, Jaiphal helps to manage and treat most health related problems that occur because of an imbalance of Vata and Kapha Doshas.
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Jaiphal, widely recognised as nutmeg is considered to be one of the essential herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is a rather effective spice found in the Indian kitchen as well. The best nutmeg or Jaiphal is the one which is fragrant and has a strong aromatic odor. Another way to recognise good quality nutmeg is through its compactness, shallow coverings and easily breakable characteristics.
Sexual problems like premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction are some conditions which pose great challenges for men, in recent times. The major cause behind these conditions is often a poor diet and heavy stress. Jaiphal is an efficient Vajikara (aphrodisiac) and is a naturally collected herb. It helps to reduce the symptoms of these aforementioned conditions and provide steady sexual health to an individual.
Jaiphal is exceedingly beneficial for female problems like irregular menstruation or painful menstruation as well.
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Metabolic disorders like indigestion or loss of appetite are becoming increasingly common in households today. These conditions may consequently lead to issues such as gas, acidity, pain in the abdomen and flatulence. The functioning of the liver could also be affected. The consumption of Jaiphal has displayed positive results when it comes to such problems. Its Deepan and Pachan (appetizer and digestion) properties help to improve the digestive system of individuals.
Jaiphal’s Rochak (taste improving) property helps to enhance one’s appetite. Once the appetite of any individual has improved, their digestion automatically begins functioning properly. This improved digestion then helps to maintain a healthy metabolism rate.
Diarrhea, vomiting or nausea are few other health issues which are tackled by the consumption of Jaiphal. It is also responsible for improved eating habits of individuals and for correcting poor digestion patterns. Excessively watery and loose stool passage with gas formation and pain is also managed by this herb.
The Grahi (absorbent) property in Jaiphal helps To to absorb excessively watery stools and thus normalises the consistency of an individual’s motion.
Worm infection which is generally observed in children but is also a worrying factor in adult life, can occur due to poor digestion. Jaiphal’s Krimighna (anti – worm) property prevents the occurrence of worms and effectively removes them from the body, thereby minimising the pain of this condition.
Consuming Jaiphal has had positive results in the case of conditions like the inflammation or pain that occurs in the joints. These conditions often occur due to an imbalanced Vata Dosha and Jaiphal takes care of them with its Vata balancing property. In addition, Jaiphal’s Shothhar (anti – inflammatory) property helps to keep inflammation in affected areas in check, thus providing relief.
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