Medical Research Shows Health Benefits of Cardamom

The latest medical research adds to the body of evidence linking cardamom to impressive health benefits. This spice has been used for millennia in the various traditions of Eastern Medicine. How is cardamom used in Traditional Tibetan Medicine? How can it benefit our health today? Let us explore the modern research and ancient traditions surrounding this fantastic fragrant herb.

Last month researchers published a small but promising study linking cardamom to prevention of dyslipidemia, oxidative stress, and liver damage. To summarize this study, a test group of lab rats were fed a high carbohydrate/high fat diet (HCHF). This diet induced serious health problems including glucose intolerance, obesity, dyslipidemia, oxidative stress and inflammatory fat deposits in their livers. One group was then treated with cardamom supplementation, resulting in significant improvement and slowed progression of these unhealthy conditions.

Hopefully, both groups were then given an organic, clean and lean diet, provided with personal trainers, then adopted as pets by loving families.
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How is Cardamom Used in Tibetan Medicine?

There are several varieties of cardamom used in Tibetan Medicine, from the genus Elettaria and Amomum. These herbs are bitter, acrid and warm natured. They stimulate the digestive heat and treat cold-natured disorders of the stomach, spleen and kidneys.

Cardamom is a prominent ingredient in Tibetan Medicine formulas designed to treat digestive disorders, promote healthy weight and correct diseases resulting from improper diet and lifestyle. It is often combined with other powerful digestive herbs such as pomegranate, cinnamon and long pepper. These formulas are some of Tibetan Medicine’s first-line treatments for disorders including obesity, glycemic imbalance, dyslipidemia, kidney, heart and liver diseases.

 

Traditional Formulas vs Single-Herb Supplementation

In Traditional Tibetan Medicine, herbs are often combined to form a well-balanced medicinal formula. Supplementing with high doses of one single herb can lead to undesirably side effects. Whereas combined herbal formulas are designed to maximize benefits, balance dosages and minimize side effects. Relying on an herbal formula prescribed by a qualified practitioner is the safest and most effective method of administering medicinal herbs.

 

In Summary

This research is very important for our society’s current health issues. Today we face an unprecedented crisis of diseases linked with improper diet and lifestyle. These include obesity, heart disease, diabetes and dyslipidemia.

It is exciting to discover powerful therapeutic benefits in natural herbs such as cardamom. It is wonderful when modern scientific research corresponds with our ancient medicine traditions. We highly encourage people to work with these traditions that have perfected the use of medicinal herbs over centuries. Combining modern science with ancient traditions is a fantastic formula for our health and well-being.

 

Adam Okerblom, LAc
Licensed Acupuncturist and Tibetan Medicine Practitioner | Sowa
Adam offers holistic healthcare consultations and treatments in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is fascinated by ancient healing sciences and spiritual traditions. He is greatly inspired by the opportunity to learn and benefit from millennia of knowledge from around the world.

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