Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
Species: Elettaria cardamomum
Cleansing the StomachCardamom offers more than its delightful and appetizing flavor, it is chock full of medicinal benefits. Cardamom is highly aromatic. Like perfume, it has a strong smell. This aromatic quality is the source of its use as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries. Aromatic spices are a powerful friend to those with a myriad of digestive difficulties, from belching to vomiting and sluggish digestion. When food stagnates or moves up, cardamom moves it back down. It accelerates the gastric emptying rate, meaning it relaxes the stomach valves that prevent your food from entering the small intestine. That makes aromatic spices especially useful when your 'eyes are bigger than your stomach,' i.e. after thanksgiving or any heavy meal that bogs down your digestion, making you feel like there is a brick in your stomach. In the process, cardamom relieves nausea and has been used as an aid in morning sickness.
Muscle RelaxantRemember the "fresh and clean as a York Peppermint Patty" commercials of the 80's? Peppermint, like cardamom, is a strong aromatic. All aromatics have a fresh and clean quality to them that is also somewhat shocking. This shocking quality literally numbs muscle tissue - forcing it to relax. That's why so many muscle balms - such as the Chinese formula Tiger Balm and Bengay are highly aromatic, familiar scents to anyone who has spent time at the gym.
Other BenefitsCardamom is also Ayurveda's most powerful mucus destroyer. As with all aromatics, cardamom is a diaphoretic that opens your pores, encouraging a mild sweat that cleanses the skin, aids low grade fevers, and cleanses the lymphatic system. It is a bronchodilator - helping to improve breathing is asthmatics.
Use in Herb FormulasAdditionally, cardamom acts as a carrier herb, assisting in the digestion and assimilation of heavier herbs used in tonic formulas. Heavy herbs like shatavari, ashwagandha, vidari, and bala are made more accessible with cardamoms digestive assistance
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|Bad breath||Bloating / distension|
|Bulimia, past or current||Burgers/Hot Dogs|
|Burping||Colic / spasm / cramping|
|Cough with mucus / wet cough||Dairy/milk/cheese/ice-cream|
|Diarrhea quickly after eating||Eats Quickly|
|Feel overweight||Food allergy|
|Gas, irregular digestion||Hiccup|
|Hoarse Voice||Irregular/small appetite|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)||Malabsorption|
|Mucus Congestion||Seasonal allergies|
|Slow, heavy digestion||Smelly Gas|
|Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces||Strong food cravings|
|Thick mucus||Thin mucus|
|Undigested food in stool||Wheezing|
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