Caraway seed (Carvi fructus)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Kümmel

Name of Drug

Carvi fructus, caraway seed.

Composition of Drug

Caraway consists of the dried, ripe fruit of Carum carvi L. [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil.

Uses

Dyspeptic problems such as mild, spastic conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, bloating, and fullness.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

1.5 - 6 g of seeds; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Freshly crushed seeds for infusions as well as for other galenical preparations for internal use.

Actions

Antispasmodic
Antimicrobial.