Myristica fragrans ཛཱ་ཏི་

Myristica fragrans ཛཱ་ཏི་

English name: Nutmeg

Tibetan name: Dza-ti (ཛཱ་ཏི་)

Part used: seed (འབྲས་བུ)

Taste and potency: hot and sweet taste (རོ་ཚ་ལ་མངར་བ་); bitter post-digestive taste (ཞུ་རྗེས་ཁ་བ་); heavy, warm, smooth and oily potency (ནུས་པ་ལྕི་ཞིང་སྣུམ་ལ་འཇམ་ཞིང་དྲོ་བའོ་)


Profound value of Myristica fragrans in Tibetan Medicine:

  • Heart disorders ( སྙིང་ནད་): nutmeg is recommended if heart discomfort is accompanied by excitation of nervous system brought on by excitement, anxiety, or other emotions. Tachycardia, breathing problems, pain in the back and chest, increasing pain in the heart ( སྙིང་གཟེར་). 
  • Wind in the heart ( སྙིང་རླུང་): in Tibetan Medicine there is such a term as "Wind in the heart". It means that Wind or energy instead of travelling in proper channels, goes to the heart and disturbs its functions. It causes overexcitement of nervous system and gives symptoms that are related to both heart and mind. Such as, heaviness in the chest, tremble, palpitations, dizziness. Fear, panic attacks, phobic syndromes with cardiological symptoms, delusional perceptions, insomnia, depression. Nutmeg has a soothing effect on anxious, aggressive and depressive states.  
  • Improves digestion (མེ་དྲོད་): nutmeg stimulates "digestive fire", aiding in better absorption of nutrients. It relieves symptoms of acute indigestion ( ཟས་མི་འཇུ་བ་) and improves body heat ( དྲོད་སྐྱེད་). 
  • Lung disorders (གློ་ནད་): it "warms" up the lungs, helping to combat chronic lung disorders with increased mucus secretions, like chronic bronchitis and asthma (ལུད་པ་བགོག་པ་). 
  • Nutmeg is one of the Six Excellent Drugs and is used in many formulas.


According to the Second Tibetan Medicine Tantra (བཤད་པའི་རྒྱུད།):


Nutmeg pacifies Wind and treats heart disorders. 


Present in Daknang formulas:

  • DAKNANG 10
  • DAKNANG 15
  • DAKNANG 69
  • DAKNANG 100



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  2. Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine by Thinley Gyatso
  3. Healing with Form, Energy, and Light by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
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