Latin name : Elettaria cardamomum (Maton) (Zingiberaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name : Ela
Urdu Name : Elaichi Khurd, Heel Khurd
General information :
Cardamon is often given the epithet ‘queen of spices’ as it is used to flavor food in many countries. In addition, the herb has several health benefits. The German Commission E has indicated the use of Cardamom in dyspepsia and as a cholagogue, which promotes bile discharge from the system. The herb is also helpful in treating gum and teeth infections, throat congestion and kidney disorders.
Therapeutic constituents :
The chemical compounds in cardamom significantly decrease gastric secretions. The methanol extract is primarily responsible for decreasing pepsin levels.
Key therapeutic benefits :
- Cardamom is used in treating digestive disorders, relieving heartburn and bloating.
- Apart from preventing tooth and gum infections, the herb is used to eliminate bad breath.
- Cardamom is a diuretic and flushes out accumulated toxins from the body.
- Its warming property relieves cough and headache resulting from cold weather.