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Overview Information

Cardamom is an herb. The seeds and oil from the seeds are used to make medicine.

Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold and other infections, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, urinary problems, epilepsy, headache, and high blood pressure.

In foods, cardamom is used as a spice. It is also used in soaps, creams, and perfumes.

How does it work?

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


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • High blood pressure. Early research shows that taking cardamom by mouth might help reduce blood pressure in people with newly-diagnosed, untreated high blood pressure.
  • Nausea and vomiting that can occur after surgery. Early research shows that applying a mixture of ginger, cardamom, and tarragon essential oils to the neck after anesthesia and surgery may help relieve nausea and prevent vomiting for up to 30 minutes in some people. However, the effect seems to vary depending on the number of vomit-causing drugs that were given during anesthesia or as pain relievers during and/or after surgery. In other research, breathing in a mixture of cardamom, ginger, spearmint, and peppermint from a gauze pad after minor surgery reduces nausea and the amount of medicine needed to control it.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Common cold and other infections.
  • Constipation.
  • Cough.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Gallbladder problems.
  • Gas.
  • Headache.
  • Heartburn.
  • Intestinal spasms.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Liver problems.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Sore mouth and throat.
  • Urinary problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cardamom for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Cardamom is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts, or when the vapor from the oil is breathed in, but the potential side effects of cardamom are not known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Cardamom is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts during pregnancy. There is concern that taking cardamom in amounts larger that food amounts might cause miscarriage. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cardamom in medicinal amounts if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

Gallstones: Do not take cardamom in amounts greater than those typically found in food if you have gallstones. The cardamom seed can trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain).



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The appropriate dose of cardamom for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for cardamom. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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