Jamun Benefits, Usage, Dose, Side Effects – Complete Ayurveda Details

Jamun is a very important Ayurvedic herb. Jamun seeds are mainly used in Ayurveda treatment. Among other things, it is especially beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics. India was previously called as Jambudveepa. An Island where Jambu trees are abundant. Its botanical name is Syzigium cumini or Eugenia jambolana or Myrtus cumini. It belongs to Myrtaceae. It is also known as Jamoon and Jambul. 

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Hindi name: Jamun, Jambul
English name: Jamun, Jamoon
Bengali name: Kala Jam
Punjabi name: Jamalu
Telugu name: Neredu Chettu
Tamil nameL Saval naval
Malayalam name: Naval
Kannada name: Nerale

Sanskrit synonyms:
Mahaphala, Kokileshta, Pikabhaksha, Phalendra, Surabhipatra, Jambava, Mahaskandha

Classical categorization:
Charaka Samhita
Mutrasangrahaniya – Group of herbs that cause urine retention
Pureeshavirajaneeya – Group of herbs that are used to restore normal colour of faeces
Chardinigrahana – Group of herbs that are used to treat vomiting
Sushruta and Vagbhata – Nyagrodhadi Group of herbs.

Medicinal qualities of Jamun
Rasa (Taste) – Kashaya (astringent), Madhura (sweet), Amla (sour)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dry)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency) – Sheeta (cold)
Effect on Tridosha – It increases Vata but balances Kapha and Pitta.

 Jamun uses:Jamun uses

Grahi – absorbant, useful in malabsorption syndrome and diarrhea
Vatakara – increases Vata
Shramahara – relieves tiredness
Pittahara, Dahahara – balances Pitta and its symptoms like burning sensation.
Kantarti hara – relieves throat pain
Useful in
Shosha – Emaciation
Krimi – worm infestation, infection
Shwasa – Asthma, COPD, wheezing, breathing difficulty
Atisara – diarrhoea, dysentery
Kasa – cough, cold
Vishtambhini – causes constipation, useful in diarrhea and dysentery
Rochana – improves taste, useful in anorexia
Pachani – Improves digestion.

कषायमधुरप्रायं गुरु विष्टम्भि शीतलम्|
जाम्बवं कफपित्तघ्नं ग्राहि वातकरं परम्||१४०||
kaṣāyamadhuraprāyaṃ guru viṣṭambhi śītalam|
jāmbavaṃ kaphapittaghnaṃ grāhi vātakaraṃ param||140|| – Charaka Sutrasthana 27
Madhura – sweet
Kashaya – slightly astringent,
Guru – heavy
Vishtambhi – producer of wind in abdomen, causes bloating
Sheetala – coolant
balances  Kapha and Pitta,
Grahi – absorbant, bowel binding
Vatakara – aggravator of Vata.

Part used: Fruit, seed, leaf, stem bark.
Fresh juice – 10 – 20 ml
Powder – 3- 6 grams in divided dose per day.

Overall, with the word jamun, you need to remember two main usage:
1. Diabetes.
2. Astringent and styptic, hence used in quick wound healing, in diarrhoea, menorrhagia etc where the bleeding or extra flow needs to be stopped.

Ayurvedic medicines with Jambul as ingredient:
Puhsyanuga Churna– A powerful herbal powder, used in menstrual disorders.

Musli Khadiradi Kashayam – Another useful medicine for gynaecological disorders.

Ushirasav– Used in bleeding disorders, UTI etc.

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  1. Sir can many Jamun fruits be eaten in a day, or is large consumption not advised according to ayurveda?? i just checked my copy of sushruta samhita and the best fruits listed in it were Amalaki, Kharjura, pomegranate, Grapes, besides lesser known fruits
    like Parushaka, rajadana and matulunga. Can other popular fruits like musambi, orange, jujube, jamun, lemon, kokum,etc also be considered among the best?? Also why ‘best fruits’ like parushaka, rajadana and matulunga are unknown to indians now??

    Also I’m having doubts with respect to badari fruit or jujube. There are 2 fruit trees listed in wikipedia. Ziziphus mauritiana and Ziziphus zizyphus. Are they referred to as kola and badari in sanskrit?? Could you write articles on these 2 trees with names in sanskrit and local languages and ayurvedic properties??

    Big thanks.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I think, for a healthy person there is no harm in eating around 5 – 10 Jamuns per day..? We used to eat many Jamuns during our school days and I do not remember of any illness due to that.
      Musambi, orange, jujube, etc – they are also very good. They were not very famous in ancient times, may be due to lack of abundant availability.
      Why Parushaka, Rajadana etc are not known these days..? Time has wiped them out of our memory 🙂 what can I say.
      Badara is commonly known as Z. Zizyphus. Z. mauritiana is listed as synonym of Z. z. in the USDA website.
      Both are used in the name of Badara. Badara and Kola are synonymous terms.

      Ayurveda enthusiasts like you are making me to raise the bar from one article to another. so, big thanks to you.

      • Yes both badara and kola seem to be synonyms. Wonder why they are listed under 2 names in ayurvedic texts. Also Matulunga, Parushaka and Rajadana still seem to be present in India and are not extinct. But nobody is eating their fruits nowadays 😀

        • Sir
          I have constipation problem. So can I have jamun and jamun seeds powder.

          • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

            Hi, Better to go with something like Triphala Churna – one teaspoon at night, after food with lukewarm water. Avoid this remedy during pregnancy.
            Or consult your Ayurveda doctor personally.

  2. Great.Full details easy to use.

  3. How a recurrent UTI patient take jamun fruit ….at night, before sleep ?

  4. Sir, I have thrombus in my left leg nerve (DVT) since 3 months and I am taking anticogulant medicines to remove DVT. I want your advise can I eat Jamun? Please help me.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can. But that alone might not be useful in DVT. Consider taking 30 ml of aloe vera juice – thrice or four times a week.

  5. Does jamun guthli powder help in early diabetes

  6. venkateshan says:

    plz advise sir consuming jamun seed powder for sugar control does adversely affect people having their english medicines for diabetes.

  7. Does jamun powder heals spleen…

  8. really helpful…..good effort

  9. Hello Dr Hebbar,

    I love Jamun and consume a lot during the season,

    I always wondered if the seed too can be consumed.

    If yes then please advise how to consume the fresh seed.

    Thanks in advance

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Here are some benefits of Jamun seeds:
      • Jamun dry seeds powder contains jamboline, a type of glucose, which helps to control the conversion of starch into sugar.
      • Jamun seeds are used as an effective agent to treat acne
      • Helps in getting rid of blemishes and light scars.
      • Is an excellent home remedy to relieve fatigue and strain.
      • Seed powder is used as a cure for digestive disorders

  10. Bala Subramanian says:

    Sir, can an asthma patient with diabetes take Jamun powder?

  11. Raviteja says:

    Can we eat raw jamun seeds while eating the fruit? Please suggest.

  12. Great article! Very informative. Could you tell me if jamun is the best for bleeding hemorrhoids?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, due to Jamun seed’s astringent and styptic nature. Hence useful in bleeding hemorrhoids, to stop bleeding and to shrink the pile mass.
      But because it is grahi – absorbant, it may cause constipation, which is not an ideal condition in hemorrhoids, better to use this along with Haritaki or Triphala Churna. Mix in equal proportion and use a teaspoon once or twice a day.

  13. dinabandhusahoo says:

    dear sir iam only eat jammu powder for diebetis type 2 pls advise me is this posible for controling my sugar leble or not ?

  14. Kripa Shankar Bajpai says:

    I am diabetic since 20 years and on Insulin with heavy doses of Allopathic medicines as well as homeopathic medicines. Recently I tried Jammu Seed powder which reduce my sugar level drastically. Can I use Jammu Juice instead of Seed powder.

  15. g raja rajeswari says:

    I’m diabetic with Hyperacidity problem. can i use jamun seeds powder to control diabetes. is d janun seed powder aggravates acidity .Pl advise

  16. Hi
    I’m suffering from fissure and I’m taking the jamun juice along with sarasaparilla syrup daily.
    Does this cool the body and help in recovery from fissure ?
    Please advise

  17. Hi ,

    I’m suffering from fissure. I’m taking jamun juice along with sarasaparilla syrup daily.
    Does this help in recovery from fissure?
    Please advise

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, useful.

      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health expert Prof. Dr Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD, here (paid service) –


  18. Jamun vinegar should be taken befor food or after food for indigestion problems soes it have any side effects

  19. Smit Kumar says:

    I am having jamun seed powder from past 2 months and I am also having kayakalp churn to control my diabetes. I used to take one table spoon of jamun seed powder both in the morning and night. First I felt that I am loosing my appetite then I almost lost my appetite and lastly I am suffering from jaundice and mild fever. This all started only 15 days back from now. I want to know whether all this happened due to jamun seed powder or anything else ? What went wrong I don’t know but know I have stopped having jamun seed powder. Please Reply

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it might be due to infested powder of jamun seeds. It is not due to jamun seed itself.

  20. I get cold whenever I eat jamun fruit. Is there any way I can avoid this condition. Please suggest

  21. Rayomand Shroff says:

    I started consuming one tsp jamun powder in water since last two days .
    I feel awfully nauseatic and feel warm inside my body.
    I am diabetic since last 30 yrs but under control and am on allopathic medicine but no insulin . I am also hyper acidic .
    Pls Adv if the jamun powder hs such Side effecrs . Thanks

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, some people may not tolerate it and it can produce the said symptoms.

      • Rayomand says:

        Thank you Dr. is there any other natural alternative or combination with jamun powder to avoid the side efffects I hv .

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Mixing 100 grams of jamun powder with 10 grams of ginger powder can help prevent nauseating effect.

          For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
          If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

          For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  22. Sir I m have bleeding gums problem and I also lose my teeth enamel how to cure it

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You may have to undergo some blood tests. Please consult a doctor directly.

      1. Take Irimedadi taila – 10 ml into mouth and rinse for 5 minutes everyday in the morning. (oil pulling). Available in amazon website here

      Please use Hiora K toothpaste. Available locally, or in amazon website here

      Take Gum tone gel on to the fingers and gently massage the gums with it, once daily. – Available here –

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  23. when to use it,before or after food.how many times we have to consume it in a day.Please advice as my diabetic is very high.I am taking Gemer p1 but its not stable.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, if blood sugar is very high, then this might not be useful.
      Jamun seed powder – 1 teaspoon 2 times a day after food with a cup of water, for a month can be tried. After that, do a blood test.
      It is available in amazon website here

  24. Can you lose weight with jamun powder? How to take?

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