Ajmodadi Churna Ingredients, Benefits, Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

Ajmodadi Churna is a poly-herbal ayurvedic medicine used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, backache and Kapha disorders. It has a potent anti-inflammatory action. It reduces inflammation of joints and alleviates pain associated with joint disorders. It also induces digestion and expulsion of AMA (toxins). Therefore, it is also known as one of the best AMAPACHAK medicines in Ayurveda. It increases appetite, improves digestion and reduces gas formation in the abdomen.

Ingredients (Composition)

There are two types of formulations described in ayurveda.

Ajmodadi Churna – 1

Ajmoda (Celery Seeds) – Apium Graveolens 1 Part (12 grams)
Vaividang (False Black Pepper) – Embelia Ribes 1 Part (12 grams)
Sendha Namak 1 Part (12 grams)
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara 1 Part (12 grams)
Chitrak – Plumbago Zeylanica 1 Part (12 grams)
Soya Beej (Dill) – Anethum Sowa 1 Part (12 grams)
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum 1 Part (12 grams)
Piplamool (Long Pepper Roots) – Piper Longum 1 Part (12 grams)
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum 1 Part (12 grams)
Haritaki or Harad (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula 5 Parts (60 grams)
Vidhara – Argyreia nervosa 10 Parts (120 grams)
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale 10 Parts (120 grams)
Reference: Sharangdhar Samhita

Note: This formulation is more beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Swelling, Gout, Sciatica, Backache, and other pain disorders.

Ajmodadi Churna – 2

Ajmoda (Celery Seeds) – Apium Graveolens 1 Part
Vacha (Sweet Flag) – Acorus Calamus 1 Part
Kuth or Kushta (Indian Costus Root) – Saussurea Lappa 1 Part
Amlavetasa – Garcinia Pedunculata 1 Part
Sendha Namak 1 Part
Svarjiksara (Sarjikakshara) 1 Part
Haritaki or Harad (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula 1 Part
Trikatu Churna 3 Part
Brahmadandi 1 Part
Nagarmotha or Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus 1 Part
Hulhul – Cleome Viscosa 1 Part
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale 1 Part
Kala Namak (Black Salt) 1 Part

Note: However, this formulation is also used for joint disorders, but it is more beneficial for gas, abdominal distension, and abdominal pain.

Both formulations have similar medicinal properties and therapeutic indications with a slight difference as note given under each formulation.


Pharmacological Actions

Ajmodadi Churna exhibits anti-inflammatory activity and significantly reduces edema. (1)

It also has carminative, antispasmodic, and vermifuge actions. It reduces stiffness and pain associated with joint disorders and backache. (2)

Medicinal Properties

Ajmodadi Churna has following healing properties.

  1. AMAPACHAK – Detoxifying
  2. Anti-inflammatory
  3. Analgesic
  4. Anti-rheumatic or Anti-arthritic
  5. Anti-gout
  6. Anti-hyperuricemic
  7. Osteoprotective
  8. Carminative
  9. Antispasmodic
  10. Vermifuge
  11. Digestive stimulant

Ayurvedic Properties

Ajmodadi Churna pacifies VATA DOSHA and reduces KAPHA DOSHA. Therefore, it is the best medicine for patients having symptoms related to Vata aggravation or increased Kapha. If the patient has aggravated or increased PITTA DOSHA, it might not be a suitable medicine or should be given along with medicine acting on increased Pitta.

Therapeutic Indications

Ajmodadi Churna is helpful in following health conditions.

Primary Indications

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pain and swelling due to joint disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Backache
  • Joint pains
  • Rectal pain
  • Brachial neuritis

Other Indications

  • Osteoarthritis (in obese people)
  • Gouty Arthritis
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor digestive function
  • Intestinal gas
  • Abdominal pain

Ajmodadi Churna Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Ajmodadi Churna is an effective medicine for disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. It reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling of joints and improves joint mobility.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Ajmodadi Churna is a drug of choice for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is related to AMAVATA in Ayurveda, which occurs due to the accumulation of AMA (toxins) in the body. It prevents AMA formation and stimulates its digestive functions and expulsion of AMA from the body. It also reduces already accumulated AMAVISHA in the body and alleviates its effects on different organs in the body including joints. It reduces swelling, inflammation, stiffness, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It is the best medicine when the patient has more joint stiffness. If the patient has a severe pain with the acute aggravation of RA, then it is given along with Mahavat Vidhwans Ras or Mahayograj Guggulu and Maha Rasnadi Kwath. If the patient has mild to moderate pain, but the condition is chronic, then it can be used along with Yograj Guggulu, Tapyadi Loha, and Amritarishta.


Ajmodadi Churna reduces Vata aggravation that causes sciatic nerve irritation. The most common underlying causes of Sciatica are herniated disc, bone spur, and spinal stenosis, which compress the nerve and cause inflammation, pain, and numbness along the course of sciatic nerve. Ajmodadi Churna also affects all these underlying conditions by providing strength to the spine and helps to restore natural health of the spine. However, this process takes a few months, but it starts reducing symptoms of Sciatica within a few days.

Dosage & Administration

Children 500 mg to 1 gram Twice Daily
Adults 1 to 4 grams Thrice Daily
Maximum Possible Dosage ** 12 grams per day (in divided doses)

How to Take Ajmodadi Churna

Doses (how many times should I take?) 2 to 3 times a day
Right Time (When should I take?) After meals
Adjuvant With lukewarm water

Safety Profile

Ajmodadi Churna is likely safe for people having Vata dominating or Kapha dominating symptoms.

Maximum Safe Period for Regular Use Not Applicable
Shelf Life 2 Years
Expiration Date (after opening) Best to consume within 3 months

Side Effects of NAME

There are no side effects reported with Ajmodadi Churna when used wisely according to Dosha Analysis. However, if the patient is already suffering from Pitta aggravation, then it can cause the following side effects:

  • Heartburn
  • Burning sensation in abdomen
  • Acid reflux
  • Vertigo


There are no absolute contraindications for Ajmodadi Churna.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Ajmodadi Churna should not be used during pregnancy due to the presence of Chitrak, which has very hot potency and can result in bleeding.

The safety profile of Ajmodadi Churna is not well established for lactating mothers. However, ingredients used in Ajmodadi Churna in the provided ratio are not likely to cause any side effects in lactating mothers and breastfeeding babies. Consult an ayurvedic practitioner before using Ajmodadi Powder during lactation.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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