Choti Elaichi – Elettaria cardamomum

An Overview, Dermatological Uses, Side effects and Risk factors

Family: Zingiberaceae
Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
Charaka samhita: श्वासहर अंगमर्दप्रशमन शिरोविरेचन
English name: Lesser Cardamom
Hindi name: Choti Elaichi, Hari Elaichi, Ela, Triputa
Taste: Pungent, Sweet
Nature: Cold
Parts used: Seeds

It is a perennial plant that grows up to 3 M. It grows in a temperate and sub-tropical climate.

Mode of action: Tridosha shamak

  • Secondary
    • Cooling, Aromatic
  • Tertiary
    • Antiinflammatory, Antimicrobial
    • Antacid, Appetizer, Digestive, Carminative
    • Aphrodisiac
    • Cardio Tonic
    • Diaphoretic
    • Expectorant
    • Diuretic
    • Antioxidant, Metabolic tonic
    • Rejuvinative

Therapeutic Benefits:

  • Primary
    • Indigestion
    • Depression
    • Bad breath
  • Secondary
    • High blood pressure
    • Disurea
    • Impotence
    • Schizophrenia
  • Tertiary
    • मुखरोग (Aphthous ulcers, Gum diseases)
    • Blemishes, Dry lips
    • Headache, Panophthalmitis, Amnesia
    • Vomiting, Heartburn, Constipation, Bloating, Flatulence, Loss of appetite, Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Hiccups, Dipsia
    • Motion sickness
    • Stammering, Snoring
    • Jaundice
    • Tuberculosis, Phlegm (balgam), COPD
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Weak eyesight
    • Sexual debility, Libido loss
    • Muscular pain
    • Menstrual disorders
    • Gonorrhoea
    • Hysteria, Hallucinations

Side effects and Risk factors:

  1. LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth.
  2. In Pregnancy, Breast feeding and Gallstones, Do not take cardamom in amounts greater than those typically found in food.

– Dr Malika Ahuja

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