Cardamom is a perennial that thrives in the tropical jungles of Northern, Western and Southern India, Sri Lanka and Burma. It is a good digestive aid and nervous system rejuvenator.
Benefits of Cardamom: Loss of appetite, colic, bronchitis, headache, asthma, colds, cough, indigestion, colon diseases, depression, loss of taste, nausea, respiratory disorders, nervous disorders, biliousness, belching.
Action: Carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, digestive stimulant, stomachic.
Scientific name: Elettaria cardamomum.
Useful part: Seeds.
Dosage: 250mg–6g per day or 1–10ml per day.
Rasa (taste): Pungent, sweet
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Light, dry
Dosa effect: VPK−, P+ in excess
Dhatu(tissue): Plasma, blood,nerve
Srotas (channel): Digestive, respiratory, circulatory, nervous
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Elaa, Sukshmailaa, Kshudrailaa, Bhrngaparnikaa, Tutthaa, Draavidi, Prithvikaa, Triputaa, Truti, Upkunchikaa