Celery is known as Ajmoda in Sanskrit. It is a famous Indian spice, used to improve digestion strength. Its leaves, petiole etc are used as vegetable. Its botanical name is Apium graveolens / Carum roxburghianum / Trachyspermum roxburghianum
English name – Celery, Ajowan
Hindi name, Marathi name, Gujarathi name – Ajamoda
Telugu name: Ajumoda vayu
Kannada name: Ajamoda oma
Arabian and Farsi name: Karafsehindi.
Bastamoda, Ajamoda – smell resembles goat
Kharashva, Lochakarkata, Kharahva, Vallimoda, Hastimayuraka, Mayoora, Deepyaka.
Shoolaprashamana – herbs that relieve abdominal pain
Deepaneeya – herbs that improve digestion strength
Sushruta and Vagbhata – Pippalyadi group of herbs
Celery medicial qualities:
Guna (qualities) –Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dry), Teekshna (piercing, enters deep tissues)
Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency) – Ushna (hot)
Effect on Tridosha –Kaphavatahara – balances Kapha and Vata
Ajmoda is –
Bastirogarujapaha – cleanses urinary bladder, relieves bladder pain
Deepani – improves digestion strength
Vidahini – may cause burning sensation
Hrudya – good for heart, cardiac tonic
Vrushya – natural aphrodisiac
Balakari – improves strength
Netramaya – eye disorders
Krumi – worm infestation
Chardi – vomiting
Hikka – hiccups
Bastiruja – urinary bladder pain
Adhmana – bloating, gaseous distension of abdomen
Aruchi – Anorexia, lack of interest in food
Part used: Fruits
Dose: Fruit powder – 1- 3 grams
Celery side effects:
In correct dose, used as per doctor’s guidance, it does not have side effects.
In a very large dose, it is not recommended in pregnancy, as it may cause uterus contractions.
Important Ayurvedic products:
Vettumaran Gulika – used in fever, vomiting and abdominal colic pain
Kankayan Vati – useful in haemorrhoids, intestinal worm infestation, bloating etc.
Mahayograj Guggul – useful in joint disorders, gout, emaciation, bloating etc.
Balances Vata and Pitta Dosha.
Are useful in maintaining blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, improves blood circulation,
Improves digestion, useful in bloating
Useful in urinary tract disorders.