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Ajwain Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Recipes with Ajwain: Mung Dal Kitchari (Vata Reducing)
Recipes with Ajwain: Mung Dal Kitchari (Vata Reducing)
Ajwain smells like thyme because it contains the same aromatic oil, thymol. Compared to thyme, ajwain is brighter, stronger, and less subtle. It is slightly bitter and very sharp, akin to black pepper but more etheric in quality.
The vitality (prana) and lightness of ajwain is intrinsic to its taste. Its aromatic oils disperse blood and dilate blood vessels, while its pungent spiciness stimulates the heart for an altogether refreshing effect on the circulation.

Ajwain rivals asafoetida in its ability to relieve gas and bloating. It warms up cold digestion and relaxes intestinal cramping due to colic. Use with any foods that take a long time to digest. Its fiery nature increases bile, aggravating hot Pitta constitutions. Overuse in summer may cause you to sweat, aggravating dryness in Vata.

About Ajwain

Ajwain is native to the Middle East and is still common in Egypt as well as Indian cooking. Like turmeric, ajwain is a spice used to enhance digestibility rather than flavor.

Cooking Ajwain

Ajwain is in the carrot family along with parsley, celery, cumin, and caraway. The egg shaped seeds resemble other carrot family members in look and taste. A small amount of raw ajwain will dominate the flavor of a dish. Fried in ghee or other oils, ajwain takes on a more subtle, complex flavor. Ajwain is commonly added to deep-fried foods, grains such as rice, chickpeas and digestive lassis.

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Is Ajwain Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Ajwain' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/8 tsp
SPECIES: Trachyspermum copticum
FAMILY: Apiaceae

EAT IN: SPRING

Biocharacteristics of Ajwain

See a complete list of all biocharacteristics.
INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Acrid

ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

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Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Moves Energy:
Outward

OUTWARD

Outward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.

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Upward

UPWARD

Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.

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Family: Apiaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Ajwain
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Carminative

STRONG CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Anthelminthic

STRONG ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Ajwain

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Wakes-you-up

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Refreshing, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Wakes-you-up, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Nervine, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Wakes-you-up

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Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Nervine, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Refreshing, Vasodilator

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Cloves

Cloves has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antibacterial, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Antibacterial, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Nervine, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antibacterial, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant

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Hing (Asafoetida)

Hing (Asafoetida) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Anthelminthic, Carminative, Nervine, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Spleen-tonic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Ajwain

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Antibacterial, Refreshing, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Digestive

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Spleen-tonic, Anthelminthic, Stimulates-energy, Antibacterial, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Stimulates-energy

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator

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Yogaraj Guggulu

Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Anthelminthic, Antibacterial

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Impact of Ajwain

In each clinical research trial below, students from the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda ate the selected food for 3 days and reported the pharmacological effects. See other clinical research trials for diet & herbs at Joyful Belly.

TEMPERATURE/CIRCULATION

How did Ajwain affect your temperature?

0
2
5
16
5
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your sweat quantity?

0
0
15
11
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the color of your tongue body?

0
12
0
12
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the swelling of your tongue body?

3
1
18
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 22 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your appetite/hunger?

0
1
4
21
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your digestion speed?

3
16
7
2
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

TOXINS

How did Ajwain affect the amount of gas & bloating?

3
14
7
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your stool smell?

0
1
20
7
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

Tongue: How did Ajwain affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
15
11
1
0
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the color of your tongue coating?

4
0
0
3
21
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your urine smell?

0
1
22
5
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
0
26
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your sweat smell?

0
1
17
9
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

HYDRATION

How did Ajwain affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
0
9
17
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
6
16
2
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

NERVOUS-SYSTEM

How did Ajwain affect your energy levels?

0
2
11
14
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your muscle tension?

4
14
8
2
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your anxiety?

4
9
13
2
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the stillness of your tongue?

4
14
6
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

DIGESTION

How did Ajwain affect the amount of gas & bloating?

3
14
7
4
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your appetite/hunger?

0
1
4
21
2
Much less hungrySlightly less hungrySameSlightly hungrierMuch hungrier
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your digestion speed?

3
16
7
2
0
Much fasterSlightly fasterSameSlightly slowerMuch slower
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

TONGUE

How did Ajwain affect the cracks on your tongue?

0
6
16
2
0
Larger/longer/more cracksSlightly moreSameSlightly less/smaller/shorterMuch less
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

Tongue: How did Ajwain affect the thickness & size of your tongue coating?

1
15
11
1
0
Much smallerSlightly lessSameSlightly larger coatingMuch larger
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the swelling of your tongue body?

3
1
18
More SwellingLess SwellingNo Change
Total Responses: 22 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the color of your tongue body?

0
12
0
12
PalerRedderBluerNo Change
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the stillness of your tongue?

4
14
6
More stillNo ChangeMore Trembling / Jittery
Total Responses: 24 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the color of your tongue coating?

4
0
0
3
21
YellowerBrownerGrayerWhiterNo Change
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

STOOL

How did Ajwain affect your stool smell?

0
1
20
7
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your stool consistency?

4
10
5
8
1
Much softerSlightly softerSameSlightly harderMuch harder
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your stool frequency/quantity?

0
6
9
13
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your stool color?

3
0
0
5
20
More yellowMore grayMore greenMore orangeSame
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your stool lightness?

1
9
15
3
0
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly darkerMuch darker
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

URINE

How did Ajwain affect your urine frequency/quantity?

0
0
9
17
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect the amount of bubbles in your urine?

0
0
26
2
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMany more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your urine clarity?

0
20
8
More cloudySameMore clear
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your urine smell?

0
1
22
5
0
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your urine lightness?

0
5
18
3
2
Much lighterSlightly lighterSameSlightly DarkerMuch Darker
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

SWEAT

How did Ajwain affect your sweat smell?

0
1
17
9
1
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your sweat quantity?

0
0
15
11
2
Much lessSlightly lessSameSlightly moreMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

SYSTEMIC

How did Ajwain affect your anxiety?

4
9
13
2
0
Much less anxietySlightly lessSameSlightly more anxietyMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your temperature?

0
2
5
16
5
Much colderSlightly colderSameSlightly warmerMuch warmer
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your energy levels?

0
2
11
14
1
Much less energySlightly lessSameSlightly more energyMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)

How did Ajwain affect your muscle tension?

4
14
8
2
0
Much less tensionSlightly lessSameSlightly more tensionMuch more
Total Responses: 28 Study ID:4 (2020-10-13 - 2021-04-03)


Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Ajwain may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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About John Joseph Immel

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Hi John - Ajwain looks like fennel seed, which I have seen (and used) in other kitchari recipes. Are they the same thing? Thanks...Sal
- Sally Bond, Chapel hill, NC , 01-23-13 (Reply)
Fennel seeds are longer and taste like anise. Ajwain is very pungent, more like strong black pepper. Thanks for asking!
What substitutes I could choose for Ajwain if I can't find it in my country? Thanks
- Silvija Petruson, London , 06-28-14 (Reply)
There's nothing quite like Ajwain, but you could use cumin and/or fennel instead. Thanks for asking!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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