Cumin is an herb that is native to Asia, Mexico and South America. It is a member of the parsley family, and is related to coriander. Cumin is one of the main ingredients in curries and chili powders. It has been used to stimulate digestion for thousands of years. Archaeologists found cumin seeds in King Tut’s tomb. The prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam, is said to have once commented that cumin cures every disease but death itself. In recent years, more than 200 scientific studies have validated the use of cumin to improve digestion.
Cumin as a home remedy for gas pains
- Eat foods that have been seasoned with cumin.
- Drink cumin tea. To make it, pour a cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of cumin.
- Take a cumin extract, in capsule or tincture form.
- Take a teaspoon of cumin oil three times a day, with meals.
Why It Works
The smell of cumin alone begins to improve the digestion. The smell of cumin activates salivary glands in the mouth. Cumin also contains a compound, Thymol, which activates the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes, as well as bile, to stimulate digestion. Gas is often produced when food is being digested slowly or incompletely. In these cases, food sits in the intestines fermenting and producing gas. When food is digested thoroughly and quickly, less gas is produced.
Cumin has no known toxicities or side effects. However, pregnant women probably should not take cumin in large amounts, because cumin has a history in traditional medicine (although not substantiated by any scientific research) of being used to stimulate menstruation or to induce abortions.