herbals caraway

RECND364

Caraway

Scientific:Carum carvi
Other:Caraway

Indications

Gastrointestinal†
• digestive complaints with bloating and gas causnig cramps:
- flatulence
- colic
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Respiratory
• infections
• conditions with phlegm
bronchitis
asthma

Gynecological
• menstrual pains
dysmenorrhea
agalactia (traditional use)

Actions

carminative
antispasmodic
expectorant
• galactogogue
emmenagogue
antimicrobial

Constituents

• Volatile oil
• Monoterpenes (carvone)
• Flavonoids

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 1-4 ml tid
• Infusion (dried herb): 1 tsp tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

†Caution: GERD; carminatives relax lower esophageal sphincter tone and may aggravate heartburn.

References

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