English: Carda- mom
Latin: Elatarria cardamomum Maton (E. repens)
Part Used: Seeds
Habitat: Found throughout N o r t h e r n , Western, and Southern India, Sri Lanka, and Burma (Myanmar).
Energetics: Pungent, sweet-hot-pungent VK- (P+
in excess – Large elá) In the U.S. only the small or choti elá is available. Choti elá is slightly cold and better for Pitta than for Váyu and Kapha).
Tissues: Blood, marrow, nerve, plasma
Systems: Circulatory, digestive, nervous, respira- tory
Action: Carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, di- gestive stimulant, stomachic
Uses: Main digestive herb. Absorption of nutri- ents, asthma, bronchitis, colds, cough, excellent for stomach complaints, hoarseness, indigestion, loss of taste, helps the spleen and pancreas, reduces Kapha in lungs and stomach, stimulates the mind, with milk it reduces mucus formation, detoxifies caffeine in coffee, nervous digestion, vomiting, headache, belching, acid indigestion, nausea, ex– pels Váyu in colon and digests foods in colon, con- valescing from diarrhea, biliousness, respiratory disorders, involuntary urination.
Spiritual Uses: Sattwic, gives clarity and joy
Precautions: Ulcers, high Pitta
Preparation: Infusion (don’t boil seeds), powder, milk decoction