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Benefits of Cardamom And Its Side Effects

Cardamom is a highly fragrant spice from India which has gone on to become a must have ingredient in Indian cuisine and most sweets. Part of an ancient Indian heritage, choti elaichi as cardamom is commonly known as has to its list a plethora of health benefits it is capable of extending to the human body. Cardamom is widely known to help detoxify the body, aid in weight loss, fight depression, boost the immune system and alleviate hypertension among many other benefits.

Benefits of Cardamom And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cardamom
Nutritional Value of Cardamom
Health Benefits of Cardamom
For gastrointestinal disorders
For body detoxification
As a breath freshener
Improves blood circulation
Cures urinary disorders
Aids in weight loss
Rids of insomnia
Alleviates joint pain
Enhances sex drive
Keeps dental problems at bay
Balances blood sugar
Treats problems of the throat
Uses of Cardamom
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cardamom
Cultivation of Cardamom

Cardamom

Cardamom is a small seed pod, having a papery exterior with small black seeds on the inside. It is an expensive spice known the world over for its rich aromatic culinary properties. It is used as a flavoring ingredient in drink, food and sweets. It has a minty flavor when consumed raw and is thus attributed as an efficient way to tackle with bad breath. Earlier used in Ayurveda as an herb, cardamom was known to widely cure tuberculosis, gastrointestinal disorders and as an antidote to poison.

Nutritional Value of Cardamom

Cardamom is highly rich in manganese in addition to iron, fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, riboflavin, etc. Oils like pinene, sabinene, phellandrene, terpinene, linalool, myrcene, etc also form a major composition in cardamom. These oils though highly volatile are a major factor for various health benefits cardamom is attributed with. These oils render antioxidant properties, help improve digestion, stimulate metabolism and discourage tumor growth.

Health Benefits of Cardamom

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cardamom
Health Benefits of Cardamom

For gastrointestinal disorders

Cardamom has been in use in Ayurvedic, Unani and Chinese medicine to treat gastrointestinal problems like stomach cramps, acidity, etc. The oils cardamom is composed of help strengthen the mucus lining in the stomach and increases the rate of saliva generation. The strong stomach lining results in an increase in appetite and saliva generation helps cool the stomach that prevents acidity.

For body detoxification

The toxins that the body releases as a result of the metabolic activities taking place throughout the day are required to be flushed out from the body. If any of these toxins stay in the body for a considerable amount of time, they give rise to problems like uric acid accumulation, premature aging, kidney stones, cancer, etc. Cardamom acts as a detoxifying agent helping in flushing out the toxins from the body keeping any medical disorders at bay.

As a breath freshener

A popular ingredient in chewing gums, cardamom owing to the presence of essential oils in its composition, has been popularly used as a breath freshener. The seeds are chewed on for the distinctive aroma the pods are characterized with.

Improves blood circulation

Cardamom is believed to help improve blood circulation in the lungs. It has thus been commonly used in aromatherapy owing to its ability to help alleviate symptoms and cure bronchitis and asthma. Cardamom also relieves the human body of stress and depression by enhancing the flow of blood throughout the body.

Cures urinary disorders

Medical conditions of the urinary tract like gonorrhea, cystitis, nephritis etc have been cured by the use of cardamom in the diet. Cardamom’s unique essential oil composition helps in imparting a healthy blood flow and enhanced body detox which in turn enable the body to keep conditions arising out of abnormal functioning of the said systems at bay.

Aids in weight loss

Cardamom owing to the characteristics endowed by the oil composition in its pod, boosts the body’s metabolism function apart from performing functions such as improving blood circulation and ridding the body of unnecessary toxins. All these factors combined result in a healthy fat burning rate causing the body to lose weight.

Rids of insomnia

Inhaling the distinctive aroma of cardamom or applying a little amount of cardamom oil around the nasal area helps get sound sleep and reduces problems that result in little or no sleep and restlessness during the night. It has been highly efficient in treating conditions of insomnia and anxiety.

Alleviates joint pain

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, cardamom is highly efficient in alleviating muscle and joint pain. Research has proved that cardamom plays a pivotal role in avoiding contraction and relaxation of muscles which results in spasms. The anti-carcinogenic properties help alleviate muscle and joint pain; especially in older adults.

Enhances sex drive

Owing to its aphrodisiac properties, cardamom is believed to eliminate problems like premature ejaculation and impotency. The unique aromatic and substance composition of cardamom makes it an ideal, low-risk option to treat problems relating to sexual shortcomings.

Keeps dental problems at bay

Cardamom, since ancient time has been used to treat oral problems. Be it bad breath, tooth cavity, or a microbial infection, use of cardamom is a safe and highly effective method to achieve oral hygiene.

Balances blood sugar

Cardamom has been highly efficient in controlling high blood sugar levels. This property that helps balance the body’s blood sugar level is owing to the high content of manganese present in cardamom.

Treats problems of the throat

Cardamom has been widely used to treat sore throat, nausea and irritation in the throat. Cardamom should be boiled in water and the water to be used for gargling to treat sore throat and throat infections.

Uses of Cardamom

Cardamom is widely used to treat problems affecting the mouth and throat. It helps rid of oral infections, ensures dental hygiene and cures sore throat. It also helps in regulating the blood sugar levels of the body, helps in detoxification, enhances blood flow and improves body's sexual potency. It is essentially effective in losing weight, treating joint pain, muscle spasms and treats problems of the gastrointestinal tract and the urinary tract.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cardamom

Though extending an array of health benefits, cardamom is advisable to not be consumed without consulting with a trained physician by people allergic to certain food types, breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women. People suffering from gallstones are advised to not consume cardamom in its raw whole form; it is however safe to consume in the form of grinded spice in any cuisine.

Cultivation of Cardamom

Cardamom is an ancient, highly aromatic spice native to India and sees large cultivations in the continent of Asia. It is a papery pod green or black in colour containing small black seeds within. Countries like Guatemala, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Malaysia have also emerged as major cultivators of cardamom. It usually grows in mountainous regions and forests and are spindle-shaped plants with its outgrowing as pods.

Popular Questions & Answers

I had sensation burning and swelling in the glans of penis and in sept I was diagnosed with candidiasis. After 1 month of anti fungal treatment with Af 400, lactobacillus and lulifin I am. Better but still swelling is persisting in the glans of penis. It is also accompanied with soreness and sensation sometimes in the glans of penis. Doctor suggested that cream should not be used for long duration as it will. Make me addictive so I have stopped it and currently I am using venusia lotion. Pls tell how swelling soreness and uncomfortable feeling will go away. Further there are some tiny pimples on My penis head too.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Go herbal this time. Follow these ayurvedic regimen: Include turmeric, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, clove and cardamom in your cooking. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily. Rinse your mouth after each meal. Control your sugar levels well by proper medication, diet and exercise. Avoid eating foods rich in sugar and which contain yeast. Minimise the use of dairy products. You can do warm salt water or sesame oil gargling daily. Boil 1 tsp of Triphala in a glass of water. Filter it and gargle when it is lukewarm twice daily. Internally you can take Neem, Tiktakam kashayam, Mahathikthakam Kashayam, Guggulu tiktaka Kashayam, etc. Take Guduchi and Amalaki internally to improve your immunity.

Kindly suggest ayurvedic remedy for frequent colds especially in the morning hours.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Morning hrs are the time for Kafa Prakopa as per ayurveda. Decoction of holy basil, ginger, cardamom and mixed with honey, little salt may be used frequently and take lukewarm to hot temp. Put shadabindu oil of ayurvedic in both nostrils early morning, prefer before sunrise. Steam may be taken after some time. It will heal temporailiy but safely. For pmt cure, you need some avalehas for it for at least 8 weeks. Sept to March season is the healing time for taking such avalehas which cure toughest of Colds ever. In case of need pl consult on Lybrate private chat for guaranteed effect.

I had a problem of acidity What to do for this problem sir please give me suggestion.

PGDHM, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
Hi Lybrate-user, you should do pranayama ,follow diet plans and panchkarma treatment helps you. Avoid habit of smoking, tea or coffee. Should be avoid salty, spicy excessive sour and non veg. Take more water and liquid like buttermilk, coconut water. Also take leafy vegetables, full of fibre diet, oats, cereal etc. As per Ayurveda Eat sweet taste of food more can you help. In morning take 200 ml water boil low flame to reduce 100 ml. Leave sometime make it warm then add 2 teaspoons honey and drink it. You can also do this at your home: take 12-15 dry black grapes wash with plain water 1 teaspoon sugarcane 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1 teaspoon fennel seeds soak overnight in 100 ml water. In morning take empty stomach. Eat anything aft one hour. You should have take 1/2 teaspoon power of cardamom 200 ml hot milk 1/2 teaspoon sugarcane before one hour of sleep. For further details to permanent cure can take an online consultation.

My 10 month old boy vomited thrice in a row He had sorry for dinner, post which he was given 3 to 4 pieces of papaya by someone. He vomited the papaya and mother's milk. Please let know what we should give him He is asleep now. But we are worried on what to give him when he wakes up of hunger.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Do not worry. Give coconut water. If you can make ash of coconut husk by burning it and mashing to fine powder, mix with honey and give to child (qty pinches) and optionally add cardamom powder- followed by coconut water or with coconut water direct or with mothers milk direct. If you can not do it get Balchaturbhadrika chooran from Ayurvedic shop and give with honey every 8 hrs (1/4 to 1/2 gm approx each time). You will be happy parents. Pl consult online for any query.

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Ayurveda, Delhi
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All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
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7 Symptoms Of Gastric Problems!

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Forms of gastric problem
Gastric problems do not generally occur alone and they usually come along with other conditions like digestive distress, diarrhoea or even cramps. Commonly this condition can be seen in three forms in a person. One is burping, the second form is belching and the third is flatulence. Each has their own magnitude of impact on the person. All three causes annoying effects to the person and can be taken care of with the help of some home remedies. The gastric problem can be of two types. One is the acute gastritis and the other is chronic gastritis. The first problem can be cleared off within few days time and the second problem needs some extra care and treatment. 

Symptoms of gastric problem
Some cases of gastric problem can be minor and can be taken care of easily. These problems can be resolved in a matter of one or two days. Other forms of flatulence can be severe and can cause other weaknesses in the body. Doctors say that gastric problems can be identified with the help of few easily comprehensible symptoms. 

Some of the common symptoms of the gastric problems are

  • Constant pain in the abdominal region
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Repeated vomiting and nausea
  • Increased pressure and pain in the chest area
  • Persistent headache
  • Sudden dizziness during work

Solution for the problem
There are some common home remedies for gastric worries which include: 

  • A little cinnamon powder can be mixed with a glass of warm milk and can be taken along with honey.
  • 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar must be mixed with a glass of warm water and cooled to the room temperature and drunk.
  • Equal amounts of fennel, ginger and cardamom must be ground together and a pinch of hing must be added to it and mixed with a cup of water. It must be taken twice a day.
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Premature Ejaculation - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Who wouldn't desire to prolong those precious moments in bed and bring their significant other to absolute satiation? However many unwanted, sometimes awkward, situations arise which compromise the climactic pleasures and become the cause of profound afflictions to various men. Premature ejaculation is triggered off by various biological and physiological causes. Some causes may be enlisted as hormonal imbalances, nervous disorders, erectile dysfunctions, infections in the urethra or the prostate, while others may be these may be owing  hereditary while others may be instigated by socio-psychological factors like coyness, performance anxiety or overexcitement. 

Often the lack of sexual compatibility between the partners may also lead to premature ejaculation. While premature ejaculation is an often scoffed at phenomenon and may lead to unpleasantness between the partners, one need not be dejected by it. Premature ejaculation does not accrue any serious health implication, neither does it reflect negatively on your "manhood". True, it limits the duration of the sexual intercourse and thus adversely affects one's sexual prowess, but premature ejaculation should not be a cause of any embarrassment and distress. It is a physical condition which can easily be dealt with using natural or clinical cures. However, given that natural methods have nil or minimal side-effects, many prefer ayurvedic prescriptions. 

1. Asparagus and milk powder
Mixing asparagus powder in a glass of boiling milk is an effective cure to premature ejaculation.

2. Blending almonds, ginger, cardamom and saffron with milk
Ayurveda prescribes mixing crushed almonds with powdered ginger, cardamom and saffron in milk and consuming it regularly to abate the frequency of premature ejaculation.

3. Eggs
Eggs contain vital cholesterols which accelerates the vital sex hormones which increase your longevity in bed.

4. Including cereals and blueberries in breakfast
Blueberries and cereal grains improve blood circulation around the genitalia and helps in holding an erection for a longer span of time. It is also a testified antidote to premature ejaculation. 

Besides these natural therapies, the markets are flooded with ayurvedic medicines which promise to cure premature ejaculation and sustain the libido. Premature ejaculation often also results in depression. These ayurvedic remedies go a long way in mitigating such ailments and enhance your performance in bed. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Premature Ejaculation?

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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Premature Ejaculation?

Who wouldn't desire to prolong those precious moments in bed and bring their significant other to absolute satiation? However, many unwanted, sometimes awkward, situations arise which compromise the climactic pleasures and become the cause of profound afflictions to various men. 

Premature ejaculation is triggered off by various biological and physiological causes. Some causes may be enlisted as hormonal imbalances, nervous disorders, erectile dysfunctions, infections in the urethra or the prostate, while others may be these may be owing  hereditary while others may be instigated by socio psychological factors like coyness, performance anxiety or overexcitement. 

Often the lack of sexual compatibility between the partners may also lead to premature ejaculation. While premature ejaculation is an often scoffed at phenomenon and may lead to unpleasantness between the partners, one need not be dejected by it. Premature ejaculation does not accrue any serious health implication, neither does it reflect negatively on your 'manhood'.

True, it limits the duration of the sexual intercourse and thus adversely affects one's sexual prowess, but premature ejaculation should not be a cause of any embarrassment and distress. It is a physical condition which can easily be dealt with using natural or clinical cures. However, given that natural methods have nil or minimal side-effects, many prefer ayurvedic prescriptions. 

  • Asparagus and milk powder: Mixing asparagus powder in a glass of boiling milk is an effective cure to premature ejaculation. Blending almonds, ginger, cardamom and saffron with milk. 
  • Almonds and Ginger with Milk: Ayurveda prescribes mixing crushed almonds with powdered ginger, cardamom and saffron in milk and consuming it regularly to abate the frequency of premature ejaculation.
  • Eggs: Eggs contain vital cholesterols which accelerates the vital sex hormones which increase your longevity in bed.
  • Including cereals and blueberries in breakfast: Blueberries and cereal grains improve blood circulation around the genitalia and helps in holding an erection for a longer span of time. It is also a testified antidote to premature ejaculation. 

Besides these natural therapies, the markets are flooded with ayurvedic medicines which promise to cure premature ejaculation and sustain the libido. Premature ejaculation often also results in depression. These ayurvedic remedies go a long way in mitigating such ailments and enhance your performance in bed. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Ayurveda Techniques To Improve Low Sexual Drive!

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A bond that is shared by a couple is special. The intimate relationship is an important part of that bond, so, why let a low male libido cause damage to that bond? Especially when the field of medicine that is Ayurveda has such simple solutions!

  • Exercise is said to be of the highest importance for the long-term well-being of any person and it is just as important when it comes to battling a low libido. There are so many health benefits which accrue to a person which spill over. Better blood circulation is just one of the many, apart from better aerobic capacity and a lift in one’s mood. For these reasons alone, does it not make sense to exercise on a regular basis?
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  • The reduction of stress does, as a matter of fact, go a very long way in helping a man boost his libido. A man will find that as the stress clears out, his mind will be more open to rekindling the spark with his partner. So, in order to reduce the amount of stress that he is facing, some meditation should be able to do wonders. After all, even if fifteen minutes were allocated on a daily basis, it can be said that the impact can be seen.
  • Honey is an ancient food item which has served to provide a range of benefits beyond just acting as a sweetener for other foods. It has been in use since at least the time of the Egyptians. Honey is so good, in fact, that it is used as a remedy for low male libido by combining it with some apple. When about 5 apples are combined with a pinch of saffron, cardamom and nutmeg as well as about 10 drops of rosewater into a pulp, the mixture is potent enough to cause a pretty significant increase in the libido of the man. It should be eaten about half an hour post a meal.

While having a low male libido can signal trouble for a relationship, it can be said that as long as Ayurveda is resorted to, it will be back sooner rather than later! If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Table of Content

Cardamom
Nutritional Value of Cardamom
Health Benefits of Cardamom
For gastrointestinal disorders
For body detoxification
As a breath freshener
Improves blood circulation
Cures urinary disorders
Aids in weight loss
Rids of insomnia
Alleviates joint pain
Enhances sex drive
Keeps dental problems at bay
Balances blood sugar
Treats problems of the throat
Uses of Cardamom
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cardamom
Cultivation of Cardamom