The trade name ajwain is based on the Indian name which is derived from adarjawan. Ajwain is also known Omum. Ajwain or Bishop’s weed has been used as a carminative medicine from the time of Charaka and Sushruta. Even Greek physicians used it in various carminative medicines.
- A teaspoon of these seeds with a little rock-salt is a household remedy for indigestion.
- Chewing a pinch of ajwain seeds with a crystal of common salt and a clove is a very effective remedy for cough caused by acute pharyngitis in influenza.
- The oil extracted from the seeds is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatic and neuralgic pains, when applied on affected parts.