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CARAWAY - 葛縷子
Carum carvi

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Disorders of the digestive tract, cramps and colics, bloating, lactating, menstrual problems, fungal infections

Description

Composition :
100% Carum carvi fructus - 230 mg

Part used :
Seeds

Cumin (Carum carvi), aka Meridian Fennel and Persian Cumin, is a plant in the Parsley (Carrot) family (Apiaceae), native to Europe, northern Africa and Asia. The plant is similar in appearance to other members of the Parsley family, with finely divided, feathery leaves with thread-like divisions, growing on stems 20 - 30 cm (10-12in) in length. The main flower stem is 40–60 cm (20-24in) tall, with small white or pink flowers in umbels. Caraway fruits (erroneously called seeds) are small, crescent-shaped achenes with five pale ridges.

The fruits, usually used whole, have a pungent, anise-like flavor and aroma that comes from essential oils, mostly carvone and limonene. They are used as a spice in breads, especially rye bread. Caraway is also used in desserts, liquors, casseroles, curry, indian dishes and other foods. It is extensively used in indian cuisine, especially in rice dishes like Pulaos, Biryani and also common in European cuisine, e.g. Caraway Seed Cake (Britain) and Sauerkraut / Choucrute (Germany, France) or cheeses. Dairy farmers use Caraway as a feed for lifestock (promote lactation).

Caraway also has a long tradition of medicinal uses, primarily for stomach complaints. Emerging and ongoing research from arabic regional studies suggest Caraway use as an endocrine function support agent, specifically related to thyroid disorders and auto-immune disease. Caraway is also useful in treatment of migraines and headaches (warm poultice for the head).

Bio-active ingredients include essential oils (e.g. carvone, limonene, cis- and trans-carvenol), tanning agents, furfurol and acetylaldehyde. These substances help with digestion of heavy meals, promote appetite and soothe cramps or bloating.

Today Caraway is no longer very popular – maybe due to the strong aroma which may not be everybody’s cup of tea (which, however, is not an issue with capsules).

Note: Caraway is rich in vitamin C : 100 g (3oz) of fresh plant material contain 224.6 mg vitamin C. It can easily be stored 4 years or more without losing weight or aroma.

Dosage

3-6 capsules daily with plenty of water. 230 mg/ capsule

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