Cardamom - western medicine

The use of cardamom as an aromatic stimulant is recognised in Britain and Europe and it is well known for its stomach calming properties. Cardamom seeds have not been fully investigated for their medical benefits, so it is not known how effective its traditional uses are.

Scientific studies

To date there are very few scientific studies on cardamom seeds that provide scientific evidence for its traditional uses. Researchers have shown that extracts of cardamom have anti-inflammatory activity but the compounds in the extracts were not identified.

The oil from cardamom is usually rich in fatty acids such as palmitic, oleic and linoleic and in 1,8 cineole and alpha terpinyl acetate.

Safety

No toxicity has been reported for cardamom but care needs to be taken that the plant being used is cardamom and not a substitute.

This information is provided for general interest only. It is not intended as guidance for medicinal use. Further information on using herbal medicines is available.