TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Allergic skin reactions (contact dermatitis), antacid, anticonvulsant, anti- inflammatory, antimutagenic, antipyretic (fever reducer), antiseptic (pulmonary), aphrodisiac, appetite stimulant, asthma, breath freshener, bronchitis, cardiac conditions, carminative (digestive aid), colds, colon cancer, constipation, cough, depression, digestive, dyspepsia (upset stomach), enhanced vision, flatulence (gas), food flavoring, food uses, gastrointestinal disorders, immunostimulant, infections (teeth and gum), inflammation (eyelids), intestinal spasm, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), laxative, liver and gallbladder complaints, loss of appetite, lung congestion, mouth and throat inflammation, nausea, nutritional intolerance in children (grains), sedative, skin conditions, snake bites, sore throats, stimulant, stings (scorpion), stomach aches, stress, tuberculosis, urinary tract infection, weight loss.
Adults (18 years and older)
There is no proven safe or effective dose of cardamom. Traditionally, the typical dose of cardamom is 1.5 grams of the ground seeds per day. As a digestive, a tea prepared from 1 teaspoon of freshly crushed cardamom seeds infused in 1 cup boiled water for 10- 15 minutes has been used.
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is no proven safe or effective dose of cardamom, and use in children is not recommended.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to cardamom. Chronic contact dermatitis has occurred with repeated exposure to cardamom.
Side Effects and Warnings
Very few adverse effects have been reported with cardamom. Primarily, the seeds may cause allergic contact dermatitis. The cardamom seed may trigger gallstone colic (spasmodic pain) and is not recommended for self- medication in patients with gallstones. Although not well studied, cardamom may increase the risk of bleeding. Caution is advised in patients taking medications that also increase the risk of bleeding.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding