Authored by: Emily Cuthbert
Latin Name: Apium graveolens
Standardized Common Name: Celery
Sanskrit Name: Ajmoda
Parts Used: Fruit (Seed)
- Taste (Rasa): Pungent, Bitter
- Potency/Action (Virya): Warm
- Post-digestion effect (Vipaka): Pungent
- Doshas: VK- P+
- Volatile oil
- Fatty acids
Actions: Apium graveolens has heating and calming properties, as well as an array of actions that work on several body systems, including the urinary, circulatory, digestive and cardiovascular.
- Mild sedative
- Nervine relaxant
- Uterine stimulant
Indications: Gas, cramping, dysmenorrhea, loss of uterine tone, constipation, high blood pressure, worms, poor eye health, loss of appetite
Safety/Contraindications: Furanocoumarins cause photosensitivity to the skin, avoid being in the sun when taking celery medicinally. Avoid in pregnancy.
Preparations and Doses:
Powder: Up to 10 grams per day
- Bhandari DRM, Written by Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari, Bhandari DRM. Ajmoda (Celery Seed ). Ayurveda Blog. https://ayurmantra.com/ajmoda-celery-seed.html. Accessed May 11, 2021.
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