1. What is Chamomile?
Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita ) is indigenous to northern Europe and grows wild in central European countries; it is especially abundant in eastern Europe. Also found in western Asia, the Mediterranean region of northern Africa, and the United States of America.
The name Chamomile is derived from the Greek word "chamai" meaning "on the ground" and "melo" meaning "apple" from the apple-like scent. The Latin name, Matricaria recutita, means 'beloved mother medicine', because it was widely used in women's hygiene. In ancient Egypt the plant was dedicated to the god of the sun.
2. What are the clinical implication of Chamomile ?
The extract is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, cramp relieving and promotes wound healing.
In modern medicine, it is used to for symptomatic treatment of gastroinesteinal complaints such as spasm, dyspepsia , epigastric distension(bloating), flatulence and belching.
It can also be used in the treatment of restlessness and in mild cases of insomnia due to nervous disorders