Nutgrass(Cyperus rotundus) commonly known as Coco grass, java grass, red nut sedge and purple nut sedge is a perennial plant native to Africa, Southern and Central Europe, and Southern Asia.
The grass is a member of the sedge family or the Cyperaceae family of plants so is a close relative of Cyperus esculentus, the tiger nut or chufa. Known to be one of the most invasive plants in the world, nutgrass infests over fifty crops worldwide, and this feature has earned it the nickname “the world’s worst weed.”
It looks like grass and has tuberous roots underground. It is a perennial plant. Its blackish tuberous roots have distinct smell due to the presence of essential oil. These rhizomes roots are rich in medicinal properties and used in Ayurveda for the treatment of diseases since time immemorial.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF NUTGASS OR MUSTA
1. Good for Skin care :-
The nutgrass plant has been considered to be beneficial for lightening the skin and for reducing the effects of aging. Nutgrass helps to lighten the skin tone by preventing the formation of the skin pigment known as melanin. Extrapone, a formulation found in many skin whitening creams is made from the powdered extracts of nut grass roots. It is a natural way of skin lightening without any harmful or toxic side effects.
2. Good for digestive processes:-
Musta can help increase digestive fire or rev up that digestive system of yours. It can also help digest any undigested material left in your body. This is why it is used to treat indigestion and even obesity. It is also prescribed to treat dysentery, irritable bowel syndrome, and indigestion. Other digestive problems like colic, flatulence, nausea, and vomiting are also eased by this remedy.
Research also suggests that nutgrass is quite helpful in preventing diarrhea in some people.
Research reveals that the alcoholic extract of nutgrass possesses anti-inflammatory activity which is effective against carrageenan (an indigestible polysaccharide extracted from red algae, which is commonly used in food as a thickening or stabilizing agent) induced oedema (water retention).
4. Eases Menstrual Problems:-
If you are suffering from amenorrhea or a lack of menstrual periods altogether or scanty periods, this is a herbal remedy that may help. Musta is an emmenagogue, helping stimulate menstrual flow in women.
5. Regulates Blood Pressure:-
Musta has hemodynamic properties that help optimize blood flow and stimulate respiration. Researchers also confirmed its hypotensive effect, showing that alcoholic extract of musta can bring about a persistent yet gradual reduction in blood pressure.
6. Relieves Allergic Coughs And Other Respiratory Problems:-
Musta extracts are used in medications for coughs and bronchial asthma.
Musta has an antipyretic effect. If you have a fever, the remedy could help bring down your temperature by promoting sweating.
7. Lower blood sugar levels
Extracts of nutgrass have been found to cause a significant lowering of blood sugar levels. According to scientists, the anti-diabetic properties of this plant can be attributed to the presence of high levels of antioxidants in it.
8. Helps With Wound Healing:-
The remedy could also work as a salve that heals wounds. One study tested the use of musta ointment and found that it was more effective than a standard topical antibiotic ointment at reducing wound closure time, helping the wound contract, and improving the tensile strength of the wound site.
9. Eases Conjunctivitis Symptoms:-
Pink eye or conjunctivitis is an inflammatory condition of the eye that can be itchy and uncomfortable, leaving your eyes watery and red. Studies using extracts of nutgrass have found that this remedy can help ease associated inflammation from this eye problem in humans.
10. Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis And Osteoarthritis Symptoms:-
Musta also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties. By interfering with or modulating inflammation in the body, musta helps to better manage such conditions.
When it is combined with another anti-inflammatory herbal remedy ashwagandha, these results may be amplified. It reduced the need to take an analgesic to manage pain, indicating an improvement in symptoms and relief from the remedy.