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don - May 31, 2006, 22:44
Hi, I have read the caraway oil can be helpful for individuals with IBS. Do you know anything about this, i would appreciate any information you might have. Also do you carry caraway in soft gels? Thanks, Jim
The use of caraway as a medicinal agent has remained unchanged for centuries. Its use as a digestive aid was first mentioned in the Egyptian Eberus Papyrus about 1500 B.C. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, the character Falstaff is invited to have a serving of baked apples and caraway to aid the digestion and relieve gas. Nineteenth-century American Eclectic physicians (doctors who recommended herbs), such as Harvey Felter, pointed out the seeds not only promote digestion but also ease the symptoms of children suffering from digestive colic.
There are no human clinical trials on caraway as a single entity. However, it has been used with success in combination with peppermint in the relief of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). People using this combination reported experiencing less pain and noted an overall improvement in their bowel symptoms compared to those who took a comparable placebo. ZooScape.com does carry a product that blends both caraway and peppermint and it is called Dyspepsia Complex. It too is available in capsule, powder, loose tea and tea bag formats. A combination of caraway with another carminative herb, such as fennel, has shown to be helpful in dealing with conditions of flatulence and mild abdominal cramping, especially in children. We also carry this blend, a combination of caraway and fennel, and it is called Gas and Cramps Formula. This product is also available in capsule, powder, loose tea and tea bag formats.
You may be interested in a product called Irritable Bowel Support which contains agrimony, carrot root and psyllium husk. Although there is no caraway in this blend, it is specifically designed to help those who suffer with IBS and would certainly be useful in your condition.
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