Cardamom green

E. cardamomum (green cardamom) is used as a spice, a masticatory, and in medicine; it is also smoked.

Cardamom contains chemicals that might treat intestinal spasms, kill some bacteria, reduce swelling, and help the immune system.

Latine name:

Elettaria cardamomum

Tibet name:

Sukmel

Parts used:

Seed

Cardamon green healing herb

It generally grows in tropical forest. Found in Indonesia, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, India and other countires at altitude of 2000 meters and lower regions.

Gastrointestinal effect – used to treatment of dyspepsia.
Anti-ulcer activity – reduces secretion of gastric juice; inhibits growth of H.pylori.

Choleretic activity – increases secretion of bile.
Hepatoprotective activity – due to its antioxidant properties.

Cardioprotective activity – demonstrates to have a potential to protect against myocardial infarction by restoring endogenous antioxidants, preserving histopathology and ultrastructures of myocardium, and improving cardiac function; shows to be worthy adjunct in prophylaxis from myocardium infarction or as a beneficial mediator in delaying the initiation, progression and development of myocardium infarction, in patients who are at risk of developing ischemic heart disease.

Anti-spasmodic activity – reduces intestinal spasms; acts as smooth muscle relaxant.
Anti-inflammatory action
Analgesic activity
Antimicrobial effect – shows some anti-fungal activity; inhibits multi-drug resistant Candida albicans; has antibacterial activity (e.g. S.aureus)
Antioxidant activity – inhibits formation of free radicals

Central nervous system depressant activity
Anti-mutagenic activity

Rejuvenation action:
Balances Wind and cures cold kidney disorders
Restores physical strength
Increases libido and potency
Improves memory and clears mind
Clears dampness and Phlegm

Gastrointestinal system:
Improves digestive heat
Stops diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea
Relieves gastrointestinal spasms
Relieves bloating, belching, flatulence and abdominal pain
Decreases stomach acidity
Reduces inflammation of stomach lining and soothes the mucous membranes
Improves appetite
Heals mouth and gastrointestinal ulcers
Improves mouth and gut microflora
Clears parasites

Genitourinary system:
Warms the kidneys
Supports urinary bladder and uterus
Acts as diuretic
Expels urinary stones
Relieves cystitis and nephritis

Immune system and detoxification:
Relieves cough and asthma
Treats respiratory tract infections
Relieves chest congestion and tightness
Expels phlegm and cough
Relieves asthma
Lowers fever
Improves blood circulation
Relieves joint pain, swelling and stiffness

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