Cardomom (also known as Ela in Sanskrit and Elaichi in Hindi) is considered of great significance in Ayurveda.Its fruit resembles a capsule which is triangular in shape and initially pale green or yellow in color that eventually dries to brown. The fruit contains 15–20 small, aromatic, triangular, and brownish-black seeds.Cardamom (Elaichi) is often called “Queen of Spices” due to its pleasant taste and aroma. Cardamom is an important culinary spice that has numerous health benefits and uses. Cardamom is also an ingredient in chyawanprash,a popular and time-tested Ayurvedic immunity booster. Its seeds are commonly used as natural breath fresheners in India.
Cardomom (Elaichi) is included in Ayurveda’s shwasahara mahakashaya, which is a group of herbs which are helpful in relieving various problems related to the respiratory system, and also under angamarda prashamana mahakashaya is a group of herbs which are useful in relieving body aches. Cardomom is also used as a remedy for several other health problems such as, problems related to loss of taste, acting as an antiemetic (relieving vomiting sensation), improving digestive strength, relief in asthma and chronic respiratory problems, relieving stomach and intestinal cramps as it has antispasmodic properties, relieves dysuria (painful micturition) and retention of urine, it is helpful in tuberculosis, etc.