Cardamom in Ayurveda

Topics: Cardamom, Ginger, Asthma Pages: 3 (304 words) Published: June 21, 2013
CARDAMOM
Common name Cardamom (E), Elaichi (H) Sanskrit Ela- , Su-ks.ma- Ela- Latin Elettaria cardamomum–Fructus (Zingiberaceae)
These aromatic seed pods are
filled with soothing, relaxing and
antispasmodic essential oils. A premium
digestive aid and mucus
reducer.
ENERGETICS
Rasa (taste) Pungent, sweet
Vi-rya (energy) Cooling
Vipa-ka (post-digestive effect)
Sweet
Gun.a (quality) Light, dry
Dos.a effect VPK-, P+ in excess
Dha-tu (tissue) Plasma, blood,
nerve
Srotas (channel) Digestive, respiratory,
circulatory, nervous
CONSTITUENTS
4% volatile oil: Borneol, pinene,
humulene, camphor, eucalyptone
(Mills 1991)
AYURVEDIC ACTION
Di-pana Stimulates digestion
Pa-cana Digestive
´Su-lapra´samana Alleviates intestinal
spasms and pain
Ka-´sahara Stops coughing

va¯sahara Prevents asthma
Anuloma Redirects the flow of
vata downwards
Chardinigrahan.a Prevents nausea
Hikka¯nigrahan. a Stops hiccups
´Sirovirecana Cleanses the orifices
of the head
Va-ji-karan.a Increases sexual
potency
BIOMEDICAL ACTION
Carminative, expectorant,
diaphoretic, aromatic, antinausea,
diuretic
INDICATIONS
Digestion Specifically in weak
digestion, borborygmus, bloating,
flatulence, colic, intestinal
pain and indigestion. Cardamom
stimulates agni without aggravating
pitta and clears excess
kledaka kapha from the stomach.
Being anuloma it helps to
regulate samana vayu and
direct apana vayu downwards;
hence beneficial for nausea,
vomiting, morning sickness,
burping and acidity
Lungs Cough with mucus and
asthma with wheezing; it clears
avalambaka kapha and regulates
vata. Good for sore throats and
freshens the breath
Urine Recommended for painful,
burning urination (mutrakr. cchra)
and aggravated vata in the lower
abdomen (Bhavapraka´sa).
COMBINATIONS
* Fennel, cumin, ginger for
digestive upsets and intestinal
spasms.
* Cinnamon, pippali, clove, haritaki
for kapha lung problems.
* Honey for coughs from kapha.
* Gokshura,...
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