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A carminative, also known as carminativum (plural carminativa), is an herb or preparation intended to either prevent formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitate the expulsion of said gas, thereby combatting flatulence.


Carminatives are often mixtures of essential oils and herbal spices with a tradition in folk medicine for this use. Some examples for oils and spices with carminative action are:[citation needed]

Modern drugs used for the same purpose include simethicone, which, rather than having physiological activity, simply lowers the surface tension of gas bubbles.

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  1. ^ a b c d Pitasawat, B; Choochote, W; Kanjanapothi, D; Panthong, A; Jitpakdi, A; Chaithong, U (Sep 1998). "Screening for larvicidal activity of ten carminative plants.". The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health 29 (3): 660–2. PMID 10437975. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Harries, Nicola; James, K. C.; Pugh, W. K. (1 July 1977). "Antifoaming and Carminative Actions of Volatile Oils". Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics 2 (3): 171–177. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2710.1977.tb00087.x. 
  3. ^ W.N. Ewing; Lucy Tucker (2008). The Living Gut. Nottingham University Press. ISBN 9781904761570. 
  4. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1921). Crome yellow. United Kingdom: Chatto & Windus. 

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The dictionary definition of carminative at Wiktionary