Cardamom

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About

Cardamom is an herb. The seeds are used to make medicine.

Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection. Some people use cardamom as a stimulant and for urinary problems.

In foods, cardamom is used as a spice in many parts of the world.

How it works

Cardamom contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and gas, and increase the movement of food through the intestine.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Nausea and vomiting that can occur after surgery

Early research suggests that applying a mixture of ginger, cardamom, and tarragon essential oils to the neck after anesthesia and surgery may help relieve nausea and prevent vomiting for up to 30 minutes in some people. However, the effect seems to vary depending on the number of vomit-causing drugs that were given during anesthesia or as pain relievers during and/or after surgery.

Intestinal spasms
Heartburn
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Cold
Cough
Bronchitis
Sore mouth and throat
Liver problems
Gallbladder problems
Urinary problems
Loss of appetite
Gas
Constipation
Preventing infections
Other conditions

Concerns

Likely safe

Cardamom is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth, but the potential side effects of cardamom are not known.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cardamom in medicinal amounts if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.Dosing considerations for Cardamom.

Gallstones: Do not take cardamom in amounts greater than those typically found in food if you have gallstones. The cardamom seed can trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain).

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.