Cumin seeds or Jeera have always been used in the treatment of problems relating to the stomach. This spice can treat flatulence, upset stomach and can reduce stomach pain. Jeera can also alleviate pain due to peptic ulcer. In this tutorial, we shall see how to use cumin seeds to treat flatulence.
Cumin seeds – Names in other languages
- Scientific name – Cuminum cyminum
- English – Cumin seeds
- Hindi – Jeera
- Sanskrit – Jiraka
- Malayalam – Jeerakam
- Bengali – Jeera
- Tamil – Jeeragam
- Kannada – Jeerige
- Telugu – Jeelakari
Cumin (containing 25 – 35% cuminic aldehyde pinene and alpha terpinol) improves gastrointestinal function and is effective in the removal of flatulence.
Salehi Sourmaghi MH. Giahan-e-darooie va giah darmani (Medical herbs and herbal therapy). Tehran: donyaye taghzieh press; 2010.
Persian traditional scholars advised some herbal compounds to relive flatulence. Ginger, cumin, celery seed, fennel, anise, black cumin, ajwain, cow parsnip fruit, mastic, and caraway are used for this purpose. From a TPM viewpoint, these herbs improve the digestive system, remove accumulated gases from the gastrointestinal tract, relieve abdominal pain, and cleanse the stomach from any bad humors that have adhered to it.
Aghili Khorasani MH. In: Makhzan-ol-Adviyah [Storehouse of Medicaments]. Shams Ardakani MR, Rahimi R, Farjadmand F, editors. Tehran: Tehran University of Medical Sciences; 2009.