Iahas-Badi Elaichi-Black Cardamom

Badi Elaichi (Black Cardamom)


Badi Elaichi Scientific Name

Amomum subulatum

Badi Elaichi Other Names

English: Black cardamom, Hill cardamom, Bengal cardamom, Greater cardamom, Indian cardamom, Nepal cardamom, Winged cardamom, Big cardamom, or Brown cardamom
French: Cardamome noir, Cardamome du Népal
German: Nepal-Cardamom, Schwarzer Cardamom
Hindi: Bari ilaichi, Big ilaichi, Kali ilaichi
Sanskrit: Brihad ela

What is Badi Elaichi?

Badi Elaichi, commonly referred to as Black Cardamom, is a plant found in the Himalayas of Sikkim and Nepal. The plant has a lengthy red stem with long green leaves. Consuming Badi Elaichi works to soothe various digestive disorders. It works to fight stomach ulcers and keep stomach acid under control. It works to maintain a healthy heart and helps improve appetite. Lastly, it reduces stomach gas and bloating.

Common forms of Badi Elaichi

Fruits, Leaves, Seeds

Badi Elaichi is commonly used for:

  • Stimulating digestion
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Treating bad breath
  • Increasing urine production
  • Treating depression
  • Maintaining oral health
  • Treating cold and flu
  • Maintaining blood pressure
  • Treating blood clots
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Eliminating hiccups
  • Stimulating sexual desire
  • Obesity
  • Nausea and Vomiting

Badi Elaichi Dosage

Seeds Powder: 1-3g or as prescribed.

Badi Elaichi Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Badi Elaichi may be considered safe for most people in food amounts and there were no reported side effects from its consumption.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant or breastfeeding: Badi Elaichi is considered safe for use by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers if taken in food amounts and with food. Be cautious if using large quantities because no studies understand its effects.
Children: Not known.

Large doses of Badi Elaichi have been found to trigger gallstone colic that causes spasmodic pain.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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