Ajwain (Carum copticum, Cumin Indian)
Used Part: Seeds
Tissues: plasma, bone marrow, neural tissue
Systems: the nervous, respiratory, digestive
Action: stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, carminative, antispasmodic, diuretic, dissolves stones
Indications: colds, flu, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma, cough, colic, indigestion, swelling, arthritis.
Ajwain - a strong stimulator of digestive, respiratory and nervous systems. Suppresses high Vata. Improves kidney function and strengthens the nervous system. This is a powerful means against stagnation in the respiratory and digestive tract, eliminating deep-seated Ama (toxins) and to revive the metabolic processes that were stagnant disturbed, it relieves intestinal cramps and strengthens the Prana. Promotes motivation and activates the updrafts of psychic energy.
Cautions: high acidity, high Pitta.
1. The Yoga of Herbs: (An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine) by Dr Vasant Lad, Dr David Frawley, 1993.