CORIANDER Overview Information
Coriander is a plant. People use the seed for medicine.
Coriander is used for digestion problems including upset stomach, loss of appetite, hernia, nausea, diarrhea, bowel spasms, and intestinal gas. It is also used to treat measles, hemorrhoids, toothaches, worms, and joint pain, as well as infections caused by bacteria and fungus.
Some breast-feeding women use coriander to increase milk flow.
In foods, coriander is used as a culinary spice and to prevent food poisoning.
In manufacturing, coriander is used as a flavoring agent in medicines and tobacco and as a fragrance in cosmetics and soaps.
How does it work?
Coriander may lower blood sugar and help kill some parasites, but there currently isn't enough information to know how coriander might work for medicinal uses.
- Constipation. Early research suggests that drinking a specific tea containing fennel, senna, licorice, orange peel, cassia cinnamon, coriander, and ginger (Smooth Move by Traditional Medicinals) for one month can reduce constipation in older people.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Early evidence suggests that, when used along with usual treatment, taking 30 drops of a product containing lemon balm, spearmint, and coriander three times daily after meals for 8 weeks reduces stomach pain and discomfort in people with IBS.
- Stomach upset.
- Loss of appetite.
- Intestinal gas (flatulence).
- Bacterial or fungal infections.
- Painful hernia.
- Joint pain.
- Other conditions.
CORIANDER Side Effects & Safety
Coriander is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts and POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in appropriate medicinal amounts.
Coriander can cause some side effects, including allergic reactions and increased sensitivity to the sun. Increased sensitivity to the sun might put you at greater risk for sunburns and skin cancer. Avoid sunlight. Wear sunblock and protective clothing outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
There is one report of severe diarrhea, stomach pain, darkened skin, depression, lapse of menstruation, and dehydration in a woman who took 200 mL of a 10% coriander extract for 7 days.
When coriander comes in contact with the skin, it can cause skin irritation and inflammation.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking coriander if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Allergies. People who are allergic to mugwort, aniseed, caraway, fennel, dill, or similar plants might have allergic reactions to coriander.
Diabetes. Coriander might lower blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and take coriander, monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
Low blood pressure: Coriander might decrease blood pressure. This could cause blood pressure to go to low in people with low blood pressure. Use cautiously if you have low blood pressure or take medications to lower your blood pressure.
Surgery: Coriander might lower blood sugar. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during surgery. Stop using coriander at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
The appropriate dose of coriander depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for coriander. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.