Yavani is commonly known as Bishop’s Weed or King’s cumin. The plant have numerous medicinal properties and is used in alleviating many diseases. The herb yields more fruits and hence the name given. Varun Ram Raj, the best Ayurveda doctor in the world of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Yavani in conditions involving the vitiation of Kapha and Vata doshas as it alleviates these doshas. The herb is used to treat conditions like Indigestion , Vomiting etc. Yavani is also used as an Antiseptic , Antibacterial agent etc as it contains Phytoconstituents like thymol, dispentene etc.

General aspects and Geography

Botanical name : Trachyspermum ammi             

Family :  Apiaceae 

Habitat: Found through out India

Parts used

  • Fruit

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Sulaprasamana varga (Analgesic)

Susruta Samhita – Not mentioned 

Pharmacological action

  • Antiseptic 
  • Antibacterial 
  • Insecticide 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Dipana (Carminative)
  • Sulaprasamana (Analgesic )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Pacana (Digestive)

Therapeutic indications

  • Hoarseness of voice (Swasa)- Intake of Powder of Yavani alleviates Hoarseness of Voice.
  • Worm infestation (Krimi)- Intake of decoction of Yavani alleviates Worm infestation.


Powder (Churna) – 3 g

Decoction – 30 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. 


  • Yavanikadi kashaya
  • Yavanikadi curna

Morphology :

An erect annual with linear leaves. Inflorescence is umbel. Fruits are cremocarp. Flowers are white.

Vernacular names of Yavani 

English – Bishop’s Weed

Hindi- Ajowan

Malayalam – Ayamodakam

Sanskrit -Yavani 


  • Dipyaka
  • Ajamodaka
  • Bhutika 



Rasa- Tikta (Bitter)

Guna-  Ruksa (Dry)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid ) 

Virya- Ushna (hot )

यवानी पाचनी रुच्या तीक्ष्णोष्णा कटुका लघुः  

दीपनी तथा तिक्ता पित्तलाशुक्रशूलहृत्

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Haritakyadi varga-shloka 76)

   Yavani alleviate Vata Kapha doshas because of its properties like hot potency and Acrid taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda Doctor Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb Yavani to treat numerous diseases including Worm infestation and Indigestion and also conducts researches on the herb to prepare new combinations of medicines to cure diseases effectively. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Yavani churna?

According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Yavani churna can be used to treat Indigestion and Hoarseness of Voice.

  1. What is the Dosage of Yavani churna?

         Yavani  churna can be taken at a dose of 1-3 g internally.


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