grains of paradise

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grains of paradise

(grānz)
pl.n.
The pungent aromatic seeds of a tropical African plant (Aframomum melegueta), used medicinally and for flavoring foods and beverages.

grains of paradise

Chinese medicine
An aromatic perennial, the seeds of which are analgesic, carminative, and sedative for the foetus; it is used for gastrointestinal complaints (e.g., diarrhoea, indigestion, nausea and vomiting), deep coughing and chest pain.

a·mo·mum

(ă-mō'mŭm)
Amomum villosum, a plant rather similar to cardamom; used as a flavoring agent and in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is allegedly useful in gastrointestinal disorders.
Synonym(s): grains of paradise.
[G. amōmon]
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There were some false starts on islands belonging to Sierra Leone, but eventually they reached what was known to European traders as the Grain Coast, source of a type of ginger spice, aframomum melegueta, a medicinal flavouring Europeans dubbed the <Grains of Paradise'.
A variety of botanicals such as Tribulus terrestris, Aframomum melegueta, Eurycoma longifolia, Cnidium monnieri, Ferula harmonis, Mucuna pruriens, Lepidium meyenii and yohimbine as an alkaloid obtained from the bark of Pausinystalia johimbe (Corynanthe yohimbe) (Tharakan and Manyam, 2005), as well as Passiflora incarnate (Dhawan et al., 2003) are reported to have a potential effect on the sexual functions, supporting older claims and offering new hope (Tharakan and Manyam, 2005).