Health Benefits of Cardamom
Commonly known in India as "choti elaichi", cardamom's scientific
name is Elletaria cardamomum. Though it is more popularly used as a
herbal spice , which is added in dishes to provide a strong aroma and
flavor but in Ayurveda it is considered to be a very useful and
effective medicine. In Ayurvedic texts cardamom is referred to as
According to traditional wisdom of Ayurveda, cardamom is effective in
improving digestion. It helps those suffering from stomach cramps.
It is a good stimulant and beneficial for those suffering from
flatulence and gas.
Cardamom also helps in cleansing the body as it has detoxifying
properties. It is basically a warm spice and known to have originated
from India. It improves blood circulation to the lungs and can be
helpful in prevention of spasms or convulsions. Hence, cardamom in
small quantities is beneficial for those suffering from asthma or
Cardamom enhances appetite and provides relief from acidity in the
stomach. It is used in the cure of halitosis. It is beneficial for
those suffering from various kinds of respiratory allergies. When you
have sore throat, you can try out a little quantity of this medicinal
Those suffering from nausea as well as excessive threat can also try
out cardamom. Along with some other medicines, it can be used for
treating mouth ulcers. It is known to be a good cure for weakness in
general. Some practitioners of Ayurevda also advise its use for
treating infection of the urinary tract.
Cardamom is known to be helpful in balancing all three 'doshas' in the
human body. Hence it is termed as "tridoshic”. A little quantity of
cardamom is especially beneficial in balancing "kapha”. It can be
used for balancing "vata" and "pitta" also.
The quantity of cardamom which need to be consumed depends on the
physiology of a person and the disease which is to be treated or cured