Herbs Profile

Ajmoda (Celery Seed )

ajmoda in ayurveda

ajmoda in ayurvedaAs with all members of the Umbelliferae family with their ascendant flower and seed heads this is a digestive ‘lightener’. Its  pungency and aromatic nature activate the digestive process and make light work of heavy food. Literally meaning ‘goat’s delight’, ajmoda is a delicious shrub.

Sanskirt name: Aja-moda

Latin Name : Apium graveolens-semen (Umbelliferae)


Rasa (taste): Pungent

Virya (energy): Heating

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Light, dry, penetrating

Dosa effect : Vata Kapha, Pitta

Srotas (channel) Digestive, respiratory, nervous, urinary


Volatile oils D-limonene, alpha selinine, santalol, limonene type monoterpenes, phthalides Flavonoids Apiin, apigenin Coumarins Bergapten, celeroside, isopimpinellin

Ayurvedic Action:

Dipaniya Awakens digestion

Pachaka Digestive

Sulaprasamana Alleviates intestinal spasms

Anuloma Mild laxative, correct the flow of vata

Amanasaka Toxin digester

Biomedical action

Antispasmodic, carminative, nervine, galactogogue, diurectic, bronchodilator, expectorant


Lungs Asthma, Bronchitis, cough, sinus congestion. It actively helps to dilate the bronchioles by preventing spasm in the airways. It positively affects the flow of prana and udana vayu. Excess mucus accumulation, a sign of aggravated avalambaka kapha is ‘digested’.

Digestion Flatulence, borborygmus and intestinal cramps. Low agni is stimulated by the pungent volatile oils. Samana vayu is regulated and apana vayu encouraged to flow freely downwards. It encourage the natural downward movement of digestion.

Nerves Spasms, cramps and muscular tension. Obstructed vata is released by reducing tension throught out the whole nervous system; this directly regulates the tension versus relaxation balance in the smooth muscles. Ajmoda benefits heart pain caused by nervous constriction (Bhavaprakash). As an anti-spasmodic with the affinity for the lower abdomen it can also help ease the pain of dysmenorrhoea and menstrual cramps.

urine Ajmoda seeds is a specific herb for treating kidney and bladder discomfort from cold; frequent, pale urine with lower backache and nocturia (Bhavaprakash).

Joints Ajmoda is a specific herb for rheumatism, arthritis and gout. It directly reduce pain by assisting excretion of inflammatory ama toxins via the mutravahasrotas.


  • Ginger, fennel, cardamom, cumin, coriander for obstructed vata and digestive discomfort.
  • Pippali, anthrapachaka, haritaki for vatakapha-induced cough.
  • Jatamansi, brahmi, tagara for debilitated nervous system and high vata.


High pitta, hyperacidity. It is safe in pregnancy despite mistaken concerns regarding the contraindicated apiol being contained in celery seed.


No drug-herb interactions are known


250mg-5g per day or 3-15ml per day of a 1:3 @ 60% tincture

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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