Cardamom seed (Cardamomi fructus)

Published November 30, 1985; Revised March 13, 1990, and September 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Kardamomen

Name of Drug

Cardamomi fructus, cardamom seed.

Composition of Drug

Cardamom consists of the dried, almost ripe, greenish to yellow-gray fruit of Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton [Fam. Zingiberaceae]. Medicinal use is made only of the seed removed from its fruit capsule, and preparations thereof. The seeds contain essential oil with mainly terpinyl acetate, a-terpineol and 1,8-cineol.

Uses

Dyspepsia.

Contraindications

In case of gallstones, use only after consultation with a physician.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

1.5 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Tincture (according to Erg. B. 6):

Daily dosage:

1 - 2 g. Mode of Administration Ground seeds, as well as galenical preparations thereof for internal use.

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