, also known as carminativum
), is a medicinal
drug with antispasmodic
activity that is used against cramps
of the digestive tract
in combination with flatulence
. They are often mixtures of essential oils
and herbal spices
with a tradition in folk medicine
for this use.
Often ingredients used for the same purpose are
Modern drugs used for the same purpose include simethicone which, rather than having antispasmodic activity, simply lowers the surface tension of gas bubbles. See anti-foaming agent.
- The English author Aldous Huxley includes a long passage (chapter 20) about the word "carminative" in his novel Crome Yellow. The character Denis explains how unfortunate it is that some words don't mean what they ought to mean.