CORIANDER, Coriandrum sativum


Latin Name:              Coriandrum sativum

English Names:       Coriander

Sanskrit Name: Dhanyaka

Indian name: Dhaniya

Medicinal Parts used: Leaves and Seeds

Coriander is an ayurvedic medicinal herb, which is widely used as a flavouring agent for its unique smell and flavour. It is used as an essential ingredient in the curries and other delicacies. This plant is considered to be indigenously from Greece but it has become widely used spice in most of the Asian countries. The leaves of this plant are smooth and the whole plant including the stem as well as the leaves is used in cookery. Only the roots are not used.

Therapeutic use:

  • Regular use of coriander helps to improve the overall health and prevents many of the vitamin deficiency diseases. Coriander is also used as a carminative.
  • Coriander helps to prevent digestive disorders such as indigestion, flatulence and gas.
  • Coriander leaves helps to increase appetite and helps to stimulate hunger in anorexic patients.
  • Coriander tea is recommended for patients suffering from kidney problems.
  • Coriander tea also helps to cure mouth ulcers and swellings.
  • Regular intake of coriander tea also helps to lower the blood cholesterol levels.
  • In case of Diarrhoea, coriander seeds is soaked in water overnight and then taken along with buttermilk early in the morning.
  • The juice of coriander is also used as an ayurvedic medicine for treating nausea, and morning sickness.
  • It is also used in the treatment of colitis and some of the liver disorders.
  • Coriander seeds also help to reduce acid peptic disease and it is also used as ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of Dysentery.
  • Coriander seeds also help to reduce body fever by inducing urination.
  • Coriander is used along with other herbs such as dry ginger, helps to relieve respiratory tract infections and cough.
  • Some of the ayurvedic medicines also use coriander in the treatment of Typhoid fevers and in the treatment of menorrhagia, which is profuse bleeding during menses.

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