Accession Number: pdtdbp00052

Details of the Plant

Plant Name : Ajwain
Alternative Names : Ajowan, Carom, Bishop's weed, Ajvain, Ethiopian Cumin, ஓமம்
Scientific Name : Trachyspermum ammi
Medicinal Parts : Seed, Flower, Fruit, Oil
Plant Category : Herb
2° Metabolites (10/22) :
Calcium, Carbohydrates, Carotene, para-Cymene, Fat, Fiber, Fiber Phosphorus, Glycosides, Iron, Limonene, Methoxypsoralen, Nicotinic acid, Oxsoralen, Phosphorus, α-Pinene, β-Pinene, Saponins, γ-Terpinene, Thymol, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3
Phytochemical IDs : pdtdbl00035, pdtdbl00054, pdtdbl00050, pdtdbl00049, pdtdbl00122, pdtdbl00139, pdtdbl00008, pdtdbl00009, pdtdbl00010
Plant Description :

The prescription drug methoxsalen (Oxsoralen, Methoxypsoralen) was originally prepared from bishop's weed, but it is now made in the laboratory. Methoxsalen is used to treat psoriasis, a skin condition.

Bishop's weed is used for digestive disorders, asthma, chest pain (angina), kidney stones, and fluid retention.

Some people apply bishop's weed directly to the skin for skin conditions including psoriasis and vitiligo.

Be careful not to confuse bishop’s weed (Ammi majus) with its more commonly used relative, khella (Ammi visnaga). The two species do contain some of the same chemicals and have some similar effects in the body. But Bishop's weed is more commonly used for skin conditions, and khella is usually used for heart and lung conditions.

Plant Keywords : Ajwain, Trachyspermum ammi, Carum copticum, Ajowan, Carom, Bishop's weed, Ajvain, Ethiopian Cumin, ஓமம்
Plant References :
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajwain
  2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-292-bishop's%20weed.aspx?activeingredientid=292&activeingredientname=bishop%27s%20weed
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358968/
Ajwain

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