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Cardamom - Research
Currently there are no clinical studies available on the internal or external use of cardamom.
Cardamom has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine as a digestive aid, and for the treatment of intestinal gas.1,2,4  The German Commission E approved the internal use of cardamom for the treatment of indigestion.5  Cardamom has also been added to massage oils and lotions as well as soaps, detergents, and perfumes for its soothing properties.1,4  
1  Ravindran PN, Madhusoodanan KJ, eds. Cardamom: The Genus Elettaria. New York: Taylor and Francis; 2002.
2  Kapoor LD. Handbook of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2000.
3  Katzer G. Cardamom Seeds (Elettaria cardamomum). Gernot Katzer’s Spice Pages.1999. Available at: http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~katzer/engl/generic_frame.html?Elet_car.html. Accessed April 1, 2005.
4  Leung AY, Foster S, eds. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics. 2nd edition New York: John Wiley and Sons Inc; 1996.
5  Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, Rister RS, eds. Klein S, Rister RS, trans. The Complete German Commission E Monographs Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council; Boston: Integrative Medicine Communication; 1998.

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