Jambu, commonly known as Black plum is widely cultivated in India because of it’s edible fruits. The plant have high therapeutic values and is used in different combinations of medicine to treat numerous diseases. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Jambu for the treatment of disorders involving vitiation of Pitta and Kapha doshas as the herb alleviated these doshas. Ayurvedatarian uses the herb to treat conditions like Diarrhoea, Vomiting, Hemorrhage etc. It is also used as an antiinflammatory, antiviral and antipyretic agent.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Eugenia jambolana      

Family :  Myrtaceae 

Habitat: All over India

Parts used

  • Leaves, Fruits, bark and Seeds 

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – chardinigrahana varga(antiemetic herbs)

Susruta Samhita – Nyagrodhadi gana 

Pharmacological action

  • Antiinflammatory 
  • Antipyretic 
  • Antidiabetic 
  • Anthelmintic 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Balya ( increase strength )
  • Krimighna (antimicrobial )
  • Grahi (Constipative )
  • Jwarahara (Reduces fever )

Therapeutic indications

  • Vomiting (Chardi ) – Decoction of Jambu and Mango leaves are prepared and on cooling down it is taken internally along with honey.
  • Diarrhoea (Atisara)- Decoction prepared from Jambu is taken internally at a dose of 90 ml to alleviate Diarrhoea.


Juice – 20 ml

Decoction – 60 ml

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


  • Nyagrodhadi churna
  • Pushyanuga churna
  • Jambuvadi taila

Morphology :

An evergreen tree with erect stems. Leaves are ovate. Inflorescence is panicle. Flowers are white. Fruits are berry with single seed.

Vernacular names 

English – Black plum

Hindi- jaman

Malayalam – njaval

Sanskrit – jambu


  • Mahaskanda
  • Mahaphala
  • Maharasa

Rasapanchaka of Jambu

Rasa- Madhura(Sweet)Kashaya (Astringent )

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu(acrid)

Virya-  Sita (cold)

जाम्बवं वातलं ग्राहि स्वाद्वम्लं कफपित्तजित्

हृत् कण्ठकषणं चान्यत् कषायं क्षुद्रजाम्बवम् ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Amradi phala varga-shloka 78)

Jambu alleviate Pitta Kapha doshas owing to it’s properties like Cold potency and astringent taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Jambu for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Pitta. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Jambuvadi kwatha?

Jambuvadi kwatha used in alleviating Diarrhoea and Vomiting.

  1. What are the useful parts of Jambu?

The fruit, seeds, leaves and bark.



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