Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
A Remedy For
Liver and gallbladder problems
Tendency to infection
In Asian medicine, Cardamom is used
for asthma, stomach problems,
hemorrhoids, and bad breath.
However, its effectiveness for these ailments has not been proven.
What It Is; Why It Works
Cardamom improves the flow of bile
out of the gallbladder and prevents
viruses from multiplying. The parts
of the plant used medicinally are the
seeds and their oil. Cardamom is
native to south India and Sri Lanka and
is raised as a cash crop in
Southeast Asia and Guatemala.
Cardamom has been used as a spice
for centuries. It is referred to many
times in The Arabian Nights. It
became very popular early in the 20th
century, when about 250, 000 pounds
were shipped each year to Britain
alone. Today, Cardamom is used in
cooking, as a health remedy, as a
coffee flavoring in Egypt, and as an
aromatic agent in perfume--especially
in France and the United States.
There are no known reasons to avoid
Cardamom presents no problems under
normal circumstances. However, if
you have gallstones, it could
trigger a painful attack due to its stimulative effect on the gallbladder.
Possible Drug Interactions
No interactions have been reported.
Special Information If You Are
Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare
Ground Cardamom seeds can be made
into a tea. Cardamom can also be
taken in an alcohol solution
Cardamom is taken orally. The usual
daily dosage is:
Ground Cardamom seed: 1.5 grams
(about one-quarter teaspoonful)
Cardamom tincture: 1 to 2 grams
No information on overdosage is