Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum (Maton) (Zingiberaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Ela
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.
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.