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Caraway soothes the stomach and intestines

Caraway is one of the oldest medicinal plants in Europe, which was recognized by the award for Medicinal Plant of the Year 2016. In the meantime, it has been scientifically proven what chefs all over the world have known for a long time: The fruits of caraway ("real caraway" or "meadow caraway") have a very positive influence on our digestion. Their aromatic substances stimulate them, eliminate flatulence and regulate the intestinal flora.

Always the first choice for digestive problems

Caraway has probably been used as a medicinal plant in Europe for 10,000 years. Archaeologists found traces of caraway in the remains of Neolithic settlements such as the pile dwellings. Caraway is mentioned in writings from Mesopotamia and the doctor Dioscurides, who lived in the 1st century AD, valued caraway in his "materia medica" because of its beneficial effect on the intestines and because it gives a sweet, lovely breath. Since the Middle Ages, the time of Hildegard von Bingen, caraway has been an integral part of the monastery pharmacy, not only to calm the intestines, but also to ward off demons.

Traditionally, caraway seeds are still added to difficult to digest, flatulent foods in order to make them more digestible. Cabbage dishes, onion tarts or fat roast pork without added caraway are unthinkable in many parts of the country.

Soothing for gas and bloating

Caraway seeds are particularly suitable for the treatment of functional gastrointestinal complaints. Flatulence occurs when more gases are produced in the intestine during digestion. If there is foam formation, the gases cannot escape and cause abdominal pain, pressure and a feeling of fullness. In patients with functional complaints, flatulence and a feeling of fullness are often associated with a disturbed intestinal flora. Positive intestinal bacteria such as bifidobacteria are reduced or impaired, pathological intestinal bacteria increase. Caraway oil has a selective effect on the growth of pathogenic germs (e.g. Bakteroides fragilis, Clostridium spp.) Without negative effects on the desired intestinal flora (e.g. lactobacilli, bifidobacteria). The oil also shows pronounced anti-foaming and thus exfoliating effects, which are achieved above all by lowering the surface tension of the gastric or intestinal juice.

Caraway seeds work - in the right dosage

A sufficient dosage is necessary for a noticeable effect. In addition, the active ingredient should also get to where complaints often arise, in the intestine. With Carmenthin®, you have an effective approved drug with the high-dose active ingredients caraway oil (WS® 1520) and peppermint oil (WS® 1340) for the treatment of functional digestive complaints such as gas, bloating, cramps and pain. Other drugs with a comparably high dose of effective caraway seed oil are currently not available in Germany.