Cardamom And Changshan

As noted in Table 4.1, there are many classical antifebrile formulations containing Changshan other than that used to cure Mrs. Chu. One simple formula that is currently under study (Jiang, 2003) adds cardamom seeds to D. febrifuga to offset nausea. The seeds of two species of cardamom have been used traditionally:

1. Cao Guo or Amomum tsaoko Crevost et Lemaire

2. Sha Ren (grains-of-paradise fruit) or Amomum vilosum Lour.

Both A. tsaoko and A. vilosum are used in the treatment of abdominal pain and congestion, lack of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. A. tsaoko has also been used to treat malarial patients (Li, 1593; Yao et al., 1995). A. vilosum was used in classical Chinese medicine to treat nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, indigestion, gas, loss of appetite, morning sickness, pain and discomfort during pregnancy, and involuntary urination (Time-Life, 1997). Clearly there are a range of options open to researchers seeking a traditional source for the management of nausea associated with D. febrifuga and its derivatives.

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