Feb 12, 2014
0 0


Written by


Family ► Zingiberaceae.

Habitat ► Cultivated in swampy places in Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Tamil Nadu.

English ► Greater or Nepal Cardamom.

Ayurvedic ► Sthula-elaa, Bhadraa, Bhadrailaa, Bahulaa, Prithivikaa, Triputaa, Truti.

Unani ► Heel Kalaan, Qaaqule Kubaar.

Siddha/Tamil ► Peria Elam, Kattu Elam, Beraelam.

Action ► Stomachic, antiemetic, an- tibilious, astringent, alexipharmic; used for the treatment of indigestion, biliousness, abdominal pains, vomiting, in congestion of liver. Pericarp—in headache and stomatitis.

The seeds contain a chalcone (carda- monin), a flavonoid (alpinetin), petu- nidin-3, 5-diglucoside and leucocyani- din glucocide; also a aurone glycoside subulin. The essential oil (2.5%) contains cineole.

Dosage ► Seed-1-3 g powder. (CCRAS.)

Article Categories:
Indian Medicinal Plants

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *