Amommum Fruit ( 砂仁 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Amomi Fructus seu Semen
of Plant Used
Spleen, Stomach, Kidneys
This herb is used in formulas to treat stomach disorders, including stagnant
or obstructed food in the stomach (TCM: stagnant Qi; dampness obstruction);
vomiting and diarrhea (TCM: internal cold and damp); and to reduce uterine
contractions in the event of threatened miscarrage.
Usages and Functions
Moves Qi and strengthens Stomach; promotes movement of food; transforms
dampness and stops vomiting; calms the fetus.
Formulas Used In
Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Hoelen and Polyporus.
Because of cardamom's effectiveness in moving food through the digestive
tract, it is used in formulas that have a strong tonic action to balance
those formulas' tendencies to be damp in nature, a factor that may lead to
stagnation. Cardamom is added last when preparing raw herbs for drinking,
since its aromatic qualities dissipate with long boiling.
Do not use this herb when there is a strong Yin deficiency or heat signs
caused by Yin deficiency.
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