Aframomum melegueta

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Grains of paradise is a herbaceous perennial herb producing tufted stems 1 – 4 metres tall from a rhizomatous rootstock. The plant has been grown as a condiment and medicinal herb for over two thousand years, being known in ancient Rome. It is often cultivated in west Africa and parts of East Africa The aromatic, pungent seeds are used as a flavouring in a wide variety of foods and drinks, including breads, wines, cordials, ice cream, candy and soft drinks.

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Grains of paradise is a herbaceous perennial herb producing tufted stems 1 – 4 metres tall from a rhizomatous rootstock. The plant has been grown as a condiment and medicinal herb for over two thousand years, being known in ancient Rome. It is often cultivated in west Africa and parts of East Africa The aromatic, pungent seeds are used as a flavouring in a wide variety of foods and drinks, including breads, wines, cordials, ice cream, candy and soft drinks.

The active ingredient is paradol, which is related to gingerol, as found in ginger ,the fruit pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten, or chewed as a stimulant. The root is a pungent, stimulant that benefits the digestion and relieves spasms besides a decoction is taken internally in the treatment of a range of disorders including painful menststruation, excessive lactation, post-partum haemorrhage and infertility Although used mainly as a condiment, the seeds also have a stimulant action on the digestive system, strengthening and warming the stomach[. They are used to alleviate indigestion, flatulence and bloating and help to relieve abdominal discomfort due to colic. The seeds can help to reduce or prevent vomiting and to bring relief from nausea and the pulverised seeds are used in an enema for treating constipation pains, and are mixed with mustard oil in an ointment for easing arthritis pains.

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