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Brand Name:Cardamom                                                   Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum                                                   A Remedy For                                                             Appetite loss                               Bronchitis                               Colds                               Cough                               Fever                               Liver and gallbladder problems                               Sore throat                               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.                                                   Avoid If...                          There are no known reasons to avoid Cardamom.                                                   Special Cautions                          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 (tincture).                                                   Typical Dosage                          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                                                   Overdosage                          No information on overdosage is available.