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Coriander (hu sui)
What is coriander? What is it used for? Coriander is an annual herb indigenous to southern Europe, but now produced throughout Asia and parts of North America as well. It consists of a slender, branched body that can reach a height of three feet, with leaves similar to those of parsley, and flowers that range in color from white to mauve. The plant itself is strikingly green, but has a rather distinct odor; its name is derived from the Greek "koros," meaning bug, in reference to the smell of its leaves. The plant is usually harvested in August, then dried and cut into pieces.
Coriander is widely used throughout the world as a condiment, and forms an ingredient in many curry powders. It also has a long history of medicinal use; Hippocrates and other Greek physicians used it in their healing efforts, and often employed it as an aphrodisiac. In traditional Chinese medicine, coriander is considered pungent and warm, and is associated with the Lung and Stomach meridians. Coriander seeds are used to treat conditions such as stomachaches, measles, nausea and hernias, and also have tonic properties. Some practitioners also use coriander seeds as flavorings to improve the taste of other herbal remedies. How much coriander should I take?
Element analysis and biological studies on ten Oriental spices using XRF and Ames test. Akcicek E. CT: Archon Books. it should not be used in cases in which there is no skin rash. Antibacterial activity of coriander volatile compounds against salmonella choleraesuis. as a result. Herbs: An Indexed Bibliography. has been shown to cause contact dermatitis in some sensitive individuals. When treating measles. extract. some herbalists may recommend between 5 and 30 drops. peppermint oil and dates may also be added. 1971-1980.php?no_b=true -2- . As an infusion. it should not be taken by people who are allergic to linalool. the usual dose is one-quarter teaspoon to one-half teaspoon. Lithuania. Fujita K. What forms of coriander are available? Coriander is available in several forms (dried.14(1):70-9. the typical dose is two teaspoons of dried seeds mixed with one cup of water. As a powder. Al-Kofahil MM. et al. As always.5(3):334-9. References Al-Bataina BA.The typical dose of coriander is dependent on the condition being treated. infusion). Kubo I.acupuncturetoday. Craker LE. and Russia. As a fluid extract.com/herbcentral/coriander. linalool. Esiyok D. and Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of the Temperate Zone. 2004. Simon JE. Orange peel. Otles S. Kubo A. J Agric Food Chem June 2. J Trace Elem Med Biol 2003. all of which can be found at herbal stores and Asian markets. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol 2004. et al. powder. The Scientific Literature on Selected Herbs. Page printed from: http://www. Chadwick AF.52(11):3329-32.17(2):85-90. What can happen if I take too much coriander? Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should I take? One of the chemical constituents of coriander. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev July-September 2004. 1984. Werner S. Estonia. make sure to consult with a licensed health care provider before taking coriander or any other herbal remedy or dietary supplement. Denmark. Herbs as a food source in Turkey. Moller C. Eriksson NE. Self-reported food hypersensitivity in Sweden. Hamden. Maslat AO.