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Caraway


Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:
  • Carum carvi

 

Introduction

Caraway is a plant. Its small berries are dried and referred to as seeds. The seeds have been used to ease digestion. They can be taken as a pill or powder. The seeds can also be made into both liquid and oil extracts. Caraway seeds can also be made into a tea.

Dosages

There aren’t any advised doses for caraway.

 

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

  • Dyspepsia—may ease pain and improve quality of life, especially when used with peppermint A1-A4 

Not Enough Data to Assess

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take caraway for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period of time.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.


References [ + ]

A. Dyspepsia

A1. May B, Kuntz HD, et al. Efficacy of a fixed peppermint oil/caraway oil combination in non-ulcer dyspepsia. Arzneimittelforschung. 1996 Dec;46(12):1149-1153.

A2. Madisch A, Heydenreich CJ, et al. Treatment of functional dyspepsia with a fixed peppermint oil and caraway oil combination preparation as compared to cisapride. A multicenter, reference-controlled double-blind equivalence study. Arzneimittelforschung. 1999 Nov;49(11):925-932.

A3. May B, Köhler S, et al. Efficacy and tolerability of a fixed combination of peppermint oil and caraway oil in patients suffering from functional dyspepsia. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2000 Dec;14(12):1671-1677.

A4. Rich G, Shah A, et al. A randomized placebo-controlled trial on the effects of Menthacarin, a proprietary peppermint- and caraway-oil-preparation, on symptoms and quality of life in patients with functional dyspepsia. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2017 Nov;29(11).

B. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

B1. Lauche R, Janzen A, et al. Efficacy of Caraway Oil Poultices in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome--A Randomized Controlled Cross-Over Trial. Digestion. 2015;92(1):22-31.



Last reviewed May 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 4/14/2020

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