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Nut Grass Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Nut Grass
Glycemic Index / Load
Nut Grass, Cypriol
Botanical Name
Cyperus Rotundus
Hindi Name
Motha, Nagarmotha, Mothan
Chinese Name
Xiang Fu, Sha Cao, Sui Cao

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Nut Grass Cures

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Action of Nut Grass

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Nutrients in Nut Grass

Nature of
Nut Grass


Parts Used

Rhizomes, Roots, Tuber

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Nut Grass

Excess use may cause Constipation.
People having Yin and Qi deficiency should avoid Nut Grass.
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Nut Grass is a shrub.
It is perennial.
It grows in a subtropical,tropical climate.
It grows up to 40 Cm.
Best used for Skin Diseases.

In TCM :
Nut Grass Rhizome : Xiang Fu
Prepared Nut Grass Rhizome : Zhi Xiang Fu
A paste of the fresh Nut Grass tubers applied to the breast works as a good galactagogue.

Meridians Associated : Liver and Spleen.

Cancer Treatment : Useful in treating Digestive Tract, Uterus and Ovary Cancer.

Common Names

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Materia Medica for Nut Grass

Single Herb

Nut Grass ( Motha ) as Galactagogue

Peel off the fresh root of Nut Grass ( Motha ). Wrap the scrape around the breast.
OR : Make tuber paste of Nut Grass. Apply it over breast.

Nut Grass for Sore Breast

Prepare tuber decoction of Nut Grass. Drink 20 ml of it. Use it two times a day for 1 month.

Nut Grass for Bloody Diarrhea

This remedy is best for infants. Apply tuber paste of Nut Grass around your Nipples before feeding your baby.
OR : Consume 2 g tuber powder of Nut Grass with Honey. Take it thrice a day.

Nut Grass for Indigestion

Grind dried tuber of Nut Grass to make powder. Take 3 g of it with Honey twice a day.

Nut Grass as Immunity Booster

Grind tuber of Nut Grass to make a paste. Add 1 tsp of it in a glass of Milk. Boil. Drink once a day.

Nut Grass for Intestinal Diseases

Drink 10 ml tuber decoction daily.

Nut Grass as Antihydrotic

Apply tuber paste of Nut Grass over your body before taking bath.

Nut Grass as Hypocholesterolemic

Consume Nut Grass tuber either in powder or decoction form. It helps to control Cholesterol.

Nut Grass ( Motha ) for Pancreatitis

The Antiinflammatory property of Nut Grass ( Motha ) helps to reduce the inflammation of the Pancreas. It reduces the Abdominal Pain caused due to Pancreatitis.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Nut Grass powder in 2 glass of water. Boil it until the water remains half. Add black pepper for taste. Drink it daily for a month to cure Pancreatitis.
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Herbal Treatment For Dysentery 2

Take 20 gm bulbous roots of Nut Grass (Motha in India) and 5 gm Ginger (Adrak in India) Peel them off. Crush them. Add half teaspoon Honey (Shehad in India). Take twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Gastrointestinal Disorder 1

Take one teaspoon rhizomes of Nut Grass (Motha in India) and a small piece of Ginger (Adrak in India) Grind them. Extract its juice. Mix one teaspoon Honey (Shehad in India). Have it once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Skin Diseases 2

Take one part of Nut Grass tubers and ten parts of Green Gram. Grind them with water. Apply it on the affected part for 10 minutes. Wash with luke warm water.

Herbal Treatment For Body Odour 1

Take one part of Nut Grass tubers and ten parts of Green Gram. Grind them with water. Apply it on the body for 10 minutes. Wash with luke warm water.

Herbal Treatment For Baldness 4

Take tubers of Nut Grass. Dip in the water overnight. Grind it. Add in Sesame oil. Boil it on a low flame. Cool it down. Apply on scalp twice or thrice a week.

Herbal Treatment For Dandruff 2

Take tubers of Nut Grass. Dip in the water overnight. Grind it. Add it in 2 to 3 tablespoons of Sesame oil ( Til Ka Tel in India ). Boil it on a low flame for 5 minutes. Let it cool. Strain well. Apply it on scalp and massage for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave it for 3 to 4 hours. Wash with shampoo. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week.

Herbal Treatment For Body Odour 3

Take the following herbs in equal quantity :
Agarwood : Agar
Vetiver : Khas Khas
Saffron : Kesar
Benzoin : Loban
Camphor : Kapur
Symplocos Racemosa : Lodhra
Nut Grass : Nagarmotha
Grind them together. Rub for 20 minutes over body daily.

Herbal Treatment For Fever 17

Take 50 g Nut Grass tuber, 50 g dried Ginger, 20 g Long Pepper and 30 g roots of Adhatoda Vasica. Make a decoction. Drink 5 ml of it thrice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Asthma 28

Grind dried roots of both Nut Grass and Beetle Killer in equal quantity. Make paste by adding water in it. Take 5 g paste with lukewarm water. Have it twice a day.

Herbal Treatment For Inflammation 3

Take Boerhavia Diffusa, Zingiber Officinale, and Cyperus Rotundus and prepare a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area 2 to 4 times a day for 5 days to reduce the inflammation.
Queries on Nut Grass
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26 Nov 2015
How to use nagarmotha with honey and saffron for enhancing memory
11 Nov 2018
13.5 g each of nagarmotha (cyperus rotundus, also known as nut grass or nut sedge), honey and saffron. 9 g of the mixture daily. It is the rhizome or the 'nut' from the nagarmotha that is used, which is found in the root system. The leaves are not used. It's not a nut in the traditional sense but looks and feels like one. preparation could be to dry fry and grind the nagarmotha to a fine powder and then mix the ingredients. This was the common way of preparing the nut grass but I am not sure whether this is the optimal way. This is going to be costly because of the large amount of saffron. There are a number of preparations on Youtube showing just 3-4 stems of saffron. I think that is to mitigate the cost.
Dr. Ravijit Singh
02 Dec 2015
Dear Alefiyah

The combination of herbs you have mentioned are not used to enhance memory. However, the most effective memory enhancing herbs are-- Almonds, Basil.

Take 4 almonds, soak them overnight. Peel them off. Eat them in the morning.
Put a drop of Tulsi leaves extract in a glass of milk, drink the milk. Take this daily for a month.

Massage your scalp with Brahmi oil thrice a week.
Include foods like, Cabbage, Broccoli,Spinach, Walnut in your diet.
Drink blueberry juice twice a day.


17 Dec 2015
Dear Alefiyah

Take Nagarmotha with honey in equal grams and add pinch saffron, take this on empty stomach, preferably in the morning.

This is one of the best ancient remedies which science is just starting to know.

24 Dec 2015
Please can you give the proper proportion. Thanks
16 Sep 2017
The proportions are written above!
09 Feb 2016
What are the ideal proportions for this mixture?
Herbpathy Research Team
10 Feb 2016
For the person concerned --
Add a table spoon of nut grass in a table spoon of honey, mix it well, making a paste. Sprinkle a pinch of saffron in the paste. Take it daily.
But, there are other better cures for memory enhancing. Eat 10 grams mixture of Cashew Nut with honey , morning evening for 2 weeks.
Drink hot Milk mixed with Cardamom powder and Honey in it. Drink it before going to bed, daily for a month.
Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Alefiya Aziz
18 Jan 2016
How much alcohol is there in nagarmotha? And if 1 tsp is consumed does it make one drowsy due to alcohol in it? If i give a pinch of it to my kids on an empty stomach early morning, do i have to give a little milk along with it or not?
Herbpathy Research Team
18 Jan 2016
Dear Alefiya Aziz Sorry, but we did not get it. How come this Herb is associated with alcohol ? If you are talking about tincture form, then there is no harm. Will you specify the reason you wish to take it for. If it is for enhancing memory, then this is not an appropriate Herb. Regards
Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
17 Nov 2019
Why is there alcohol in any herb, including Nagarmotha? Muslims wuill not touch it if there is. Why is alcohol added when it does nothing to enhance the herb's efficiency? To give it ti children would be criminal!
18 Nov 2019
Dear Asiya, Herbs are natural and do not contain alcohol by default. It is the preparation in which some people might be using it with alcohol. You can get the pure form of herb online or on any Ayurvedic store near you. Be particular and read ingredients while buying the herb.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Izuddin kagalwala
03 Feb 2016
do we have to use leaves of nagarmotha with honey and saffron, and in what quantity.
do we have to grind the leaves?
Herbpathy Research Team
04 Feb 2016
Dear Izuddin Kagalwala Would you please specify the condition for which you wish to use this Herb?
As, usage of every Herb depends on the disease to be cured and so does the dosage of herb.
Please write back to us and state the detailed problem for which you wish to use Nagarmontha. Then only we would be able to suggest you the method to prepare the remedy and its dosage. Regards
Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Siya ( Uk )
24 Feb 2016
sir can motha powder be consume by 12 yr boy & how do we consume for arthritis and what are other names of motha specially in English . Thanks
07 Mar 2016
English name of Motha is is Nutgrass. for arthritis why don't you try Night Jasmine. why does the 12 year boy wish to take this Herb, I mean what specific condition to be cured ?
Jayne ( USA Illinois )
24 Feb 2016
I am allergic to all nuts. Is nut grass from any kind of nut? Is it safe to take if allergic to nuts?
Thank you very much!
02 Mar 2016
Nut grass is a shrub. it is not a kind of nut. So I guess it would be safe to use it.
17 Nov 2019
Where can we find Nutgrass or Nagarmotha in its natural form or dried and powdered without anything added to it?
18 Nov 2019
Dear Asiya, You can check the herb online or in any Ayurvedic store near you. You can find it in raw or powdered form.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Abhishek ( India )
28 Mar 2016
Hi!! I read that nagarmotha is very effective for hair catalase. so I made a hairspay by adding 30 g nagarmotha 15 ml coconut oil and 180 ml water. is it ok.?? or should i add some herbs
26 Apr 2016
Abhishek Sorry, but your question is not clear. Do you intend to talk about how to prevent black hair from turning gray.
ANIL GUPTA ( India )
08 Jun 2016
Is Nut Grass helpful in controlling Type 2 Diabetes. If so, what is the action and dosage rate?
28 Jun 2016
Dear Anil Gupta Nut grass extract has some effects to lower the blood sugar. For diabetes Gokhru and Gudmar are considered to be effective herbs. You may follow the regimen given below
Buy the following tincture.
1. Tribulus Terrestris ( Gokhru ) : Take 10 drops morning and evening.
2. Gymnema Sylvestre ( Gudmar ) : Take 10 drops morning and evening.
3. Tinospora Cordifolia ( Giloy ) : Start with 5 drops and gradually increase the Dose. It will also take care of your Blood Pressure.
Monitor the Blood Sugar on a regular basis. Once the level goes down reduce the dose accordingly. If taking any kind of other drugs then reduce those doses too.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Pankaj sharma ( Punjab )
12 Jun 2016
Hi dear I heard about meadicin for body slim . Can you please tell me this is ok or not . Meadicin made by seven ayurvedice things. Commiphora. Camachile. Triphala . liquorice. Tinospara. Nut grass. Cumin.shunti
28 Jun 2016
what ?
Please post your query again ? It's hard to understand your problem
28 Jun 2016
Dear Pankaj
If you really want to a fit body, then eat a healthy diet and go for yoga daily. Yoga helps you make your body fit physically and mentally both. It improves the blood circulation in your body and as a result the metabolism works properly. It is very important to detoxify your body. Herbs can help to set your metabolism right, but it is up to us how we eat them and what is our living style.
01 Sep 2018
Very nice Arundhiti mam. Thanks for the awesome reply.
Sudha ( India )
16 Jul 2016
I have very bad hairfall, can nutgrass roots useful to treat my hairfall if so please let me know how to use it.

Ramya Kulkarni
04 Aug 2016
Sudha, it's not nut grass that is used to cure Hair fall, but is Lemon grass.
Boil 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried powder of Lemon grass in 200 ml of water.
Rinse your hair with this water after applying shampoo. Apply Neem oil thrice in a week. There are many cures for hair fall. visit the page Hair Fall in the disease section of this website.
Mohit kinger ( India/ Delhi )
05 Sep 2016
Is nut grass effective in curing arthritis or reducin uric acid from the body?
Please also suggest me the dosage of same and which part of the plant to be used for the same and from where it will be available? Age is 52 female. B.P LOW (100/60)
09 Sep 2016
Nut grass is a good herb to cure arthritis. But not the most effective one. The remedial treatment for Arthritis is Ginseng Siberian. Buy capsules and take one capsule every day at least for one. Observe the results and continue if it suits you.
Apart from this use Yarrow essential oil. Mix Yarrow Essential oil with Castor Oil. Heat the mixture. Massage with this oil on the affected Joints.
Yarrow has Antiarthritic properties and Castor oil has antiinflammatory properties.
Both these herbs work in Harmony and cure Arthritis. For Uric Acid : Take Radish leaves for 15 days. Continually take the leaves. this is very effective to reduce uric acid. For low bp-
Eat beetroot everyday in the salad. Liquorice tea can be taken everyday for 15 days.
Green orange peel powder with water. take half teaspoon of this powder for a week. Keep a check on bp readings please
Bipin ( India )
20 Nov 2016
Best herbal for artherist cure
01 Sep 2018
Yeah, agree with you Bipin, in curing arthritis. this one is a wonderful herb. Thanks to herbtherapy for this awesome article for use and benefit of it.
Poonam ( India )
19 Jan 2017
How can nut grass be used to cure migraine?
27 Jan 2017
Poonam. You may use Nutgrass tea everyday for a week. Have one cup.
Take one glass of grape juice every day. This will also help. Grate the skin of lemon. Keep it on forehead when in pain.
13 Feb 2017
14 Feb 2017
Gumani One of the best herbs for curing Endometriosis is --
Ashoka. Boil 2 tablespoons of powdered bark of Ashoka in a glass of water, until water remains to half. Now filter this decoction and drink it twice a day. Try this for a week, if it suits you then continue for 15 days. Keep a close eye on any symptoms that you observe during these days. Also, you should begin to take Shatavari Capsules after 15 days. Have one capsule every day for a month.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
03 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018
You may give her Nut Grass tea, one cup every day for 15 days. It is readily available in the market or online. Also, give her Fagonia Cretica tea one cup every day for a month. Carrot juice, 3 glasses every day for 3 months, regularly.
Rita ( Philippines )
20 Feb 2018
I have polyp in the liver and stomach desease can nut grass cure me
Maya ( India )
22 Feb 2018
respected sir I went for whole spine mri and it was diagnosed as L5 Spondylolysis .I am having persistent one sided hip pain and spasms due to this ..what ayurveda herbs do u suggest.plzzz plzzz help .thank you
23 Feb 2018
The best way for you is to get Panchakarma TReatment for it. Contact an Ayurveda Specialist and go for the treatment. This really helps.
For Pains, you may take Hypericum Perforatum tincture, 5 drops added to a glass of water daily, for 15 days every month.
Malou bermejo ( Philippines )
27 Mar 2018
Mu daughter 22years old in dialysis since september 2014 , what is a good herbal cure for her?
Glaiza Andrade ( Philippines )
20 Apr 2018
How can I use Nutgrass in Spleen Diseases? Thank you
Lekha ( Canada )
13 Nov 2018
What can i use for white patches on skin? They are on legs, back and private areas.
06 Jan 2019
sir i am suffering from chronic calcific pancreatitis and diabetes my age is 43. please suggest medicines from ayurveda
26 Feb 2019
Where can I buy Nagarmotha (cyperus rotundus) oil in India? I want to use it to treat hirsutism/facial hair.
Radha ( India )
11 Jun 2019
Can Dr . Tell me home remedy for facial hair removal permanently ?
Mrs Hussain ( Dubai, United Arab Emirates )
17 Nov 2019
Nutrients in Cyperus Rotundus:
Do Ayurvedic preparations such as Cyperus Rotundus-- contain alcohol or cow's urine? Sine Muslims cannot use them?
18 Nov 2019
Mrs Hussain Ayurvedic preparations do not contain alcohol or cow's urine. However, it depends on the brand you are buying and what ingredients they have. Moreover, you can prepare the herbs on your own and use them.

Above are listed a few methods of using Cyperus Rotundus, you can check them. Rhizome, root, and tuber are used in this herb for medicinal purposes.

Similarly in other herbs too; stem, root, leaves, flower are used for treatment. You can share your problem for assistance.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
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