Overview

Khella is a plant. The dried, ripe fruit is used to make medicine. People commonly prepare an "extract" by removing khellin, one of the active chemicals in khella, and dissolving it in a liquid that is then used as medicine. Khella is less commonly prepared as a tea.

People use khella for conditions such as asthma and other lung problems, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, diabetes, menstrual pain, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Be careful not to confuse khella with its less commonly used relative, bishop's weed. The two species contain some of the same chemicals and work similarly in the body, but khella is more commonly used for heart and lung conditions, and bishop's weed is more commonly used for skin conditions.

How does it work ?

Khella contains substances that seem to relax and widen blood vessels; decrease heart contraction; open up the lungs; increase "good cholesterol" (HDL, high-density lipoprotein); and fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Several prescription drugs including amiodarone, nifedipine, and cromolyn have been developed from khella.

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