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.
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|
|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.
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)
Ajmodadi Churna has following healing properties.
- AMAPACHAK – Detoxifying
- Anti-rheumatic or Anti-arthritic
- Digestive stimulant
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.
Ajmodadi Churna is helpful in following health conditions.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pain and swelling due to joint disorders
- Joint pains
- Rectal pain
- Brachial neuritis
- 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.
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|
|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:
- Burning sensation in abdomen
- Acid reflux
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.