Celery – Ajmoda – Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects – Ayurveda Details

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

Family: Umbelliferae
English name – Celery, Ajowan
Hindi name, Marathi name, Gujarathi name – Ajamoda
Telugu name: Ajumoda vayu
Kannada name: Ajamoda oma
Arabian and Farsi name: Karafsehindi.

Sanskrit synonyms:
Bastamoda, Ajamoda – smell resembles goat
Kharashva, Lochakarkata, Kharahva, Vallimoda, Hastimayuraka, Mayoora, Deepyaka.

Classical categorization:
Charaka samhita:
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

Celery benefits and uses:
Celery - Ajmoda - uses

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
Useful in
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.

Celery leaves
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.

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  1. Satyan Namdhari says:

    Celery is often sold as petiole along with leaves and without fruit, and used as vegetable or in salad. I am assuming celery stalk / petiole and leaves also have some medicinal benefits. Could you expand this article to include medicinal properties and benefits of celery petiole, stalk, and leaves?


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Thanks for the suggestion.
      Celery leaves, stalk / petiole is useful in –
      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. 

  2. Raghavendra says:

    Hi Sir,what are the pancreatic enzymes stimulated by ajmoda.Please give me a home remedy for pancreatic enzymes secretion.I am depending on enzyme syrup for digestion.Allopathy doctors are prescribing only enzyme syrup.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

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