Cardamom
Cardamom

Background

Cardamom is an herb that is often used as a spice in foods. The seeds and the oil from the seeds are sometimes used to make medicine.

Cardamom contains chemicals that might kill some bacteria, reduce swelling, and help the immune system.

Cardamom is used for diabetes, high cholesterol, build up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD), and other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
When taken by mouth: Cardamom is commonly consumed in foods. It is possibly safe when taken in the larger amounts found in medicine.

When inhaled: It is possibly safe to breathe the vapor from cardamom essential oil as aromatherapy.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: Cardamom is commonly consumed in foods. But it is possibly unsafe to take larger amounts of cardamom as medicine when pregnant. There is concern that cardamom might cause a miscarriage.

Breast-feeding: Cardamom is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if cardamom is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

Effectiveness

There is interest in using cardamom for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Cardamom is often included as a spice in foods. As a supplement, it is most often taken by mouth as a dose of 3 grams daily for up to 4 weeks in adults. Speak with a healthcare provider to found out what dose might be best for a specific condition.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Cardamom interacts with any medicines. Before taking Cardamom, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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