Ajwain (Binomial Name :Trachyspermum Ammi)

January 3, 2015

 

Ajwain , binomial name Trachyspermum Ammi, it is one of the most famous medicinal plant  and  an aromatic herb which is commonly used as a spice in Indian dishes to flavor the food and to reduce the gaseous effects in the food. Ajwain seeds are olive green to brown in color, have similar appearance to cumin seeds. In the Siddha and Ayurveda Medical System, powdered form of Ajwain seeds (Fruit pod) are used for calming Vata and Kapha, and to increase Pitta and it is a powerful cleanser which is helpful for stimulating the appetite and enhancing digestion. It is also used for treating issues such as, respiratory, renal, dental, antifungal, to reduce blood pressure, kidneys  etc. It is highly grown in Northern part of India and in Iran.

 

In Tamil language, it is called Omam. In South India Omam Water (Ajwain Water) is a common household medicine and it is the water distilled from the seeds is to cure flatulence, indigestion & low appetite.  Ajwain is rich in proteins, fat, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Ajwain seeds are also rich in health benefiting essential oil called thymol, which is used as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and in the treatment of cough and asthma.

 

Some of the many benefits of Ajwain include:

 

  • Asthma Treatments

    • Inhalation of the smoke of Ajwain acts as bronchodilator and makes the breathing pattern easier

    • Ajwain paste is given to treat asthma patients

  • Anti-acidic

    • Reduces heart burn

  • Anti-bacterial

    • Thymol in Ajwain is anti-bacterial which has the ability to minimize the impact of threadworms and intestinal bacterial infection. Hence, it is normally given to cholera patients.

    • It is useful in treatment of abdominal tumours, enlargement of spleen and piles (Hemorrhoids) and disease of mouth.

  • Ant-fungal

    • It is rich in vitamin C which helps to cure cold and other respiratory problems

    • It is effective for respiratory problems such as common cold, cough, bronchitis and nasal congestion.

  • Anti-oxidant

    • It can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection

    • Improves stamina

    • It energizes the nerves.

    • It purifies blood

    • It strengthens metabolism & circulation.

  • Ajwain oil is good for rheumatic arthritis

  • Digestion

    • It increases gastro-intestinal secretions which enhances the efficiency of digestive functions.

    • It reduces gases in intestines.

    • It has an antiseptic effect on the intestinal canal & stomach-aches

    • It cure problems caused by overeating

    • It is useful in treating diarrhoea, colic and other bowel problems.

    • It is effective in ridding the body of worms.

    • It is a good anti-acidic agent

  • Gargling Ajwain water is helpful in curing of tooth pain

  • It reduces carving of alcohol

  • It is an excellent pain killer and also used as liver tonic

  • It is used as in curing of colic, muscle spasms, cramps and edema.

  • It reduces blood pressure and heart rate

  • It may increase sexual feelings

  • It is useful in treatment of weakness of limbs and paralysis

  • It promotes kidney function by dissolving kidney stone that ultimately remove with urine.

  • It is effective for sore, congested throat and hoarse ness of the voice due to colds or shouting

  • Weight Loss

    • It has appetite stimulating properties and on account of laxative components

    • It fastens the bowel movement and thus helps in weight loss.

 

The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice. 

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