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Overview Information

Perilla is an herb. The leaf, stem, and seed are used to make medicine.

Perilla is used for canker sores, airway illnesses, stomach issues, and other conditions. But there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

In foods, perilla is used as a flavoring, in tea, and to prevent fish and crab poisoning.

In manufacturing, perilla seed oil is used commercially in the production of varnishes, dyes, and inks.

How does it work?

Perilla contains chemicals that might decrease swelling and affect other chemicals that cause asthma and allergy symptoms. Some chemicals in perilla might kill cancer cells.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Hay fever. Taking perilla extract may decrease symptoms of seasonal allergies in some people. But more research is needed.
  • Asthma. Taking perilla seed oil might improve lung function in some people with asthma. But more research is needed.
  • Canker sores. Cooking with perilla seed oil doesn't seem to help prevent canker sores.
  • Constipation. Taking perilla extract doesn't seem to improve symptoms in people with stomach discomfort and reduced bowel movements.
  • Diseases, such as Alzheimer disease, that interfere with thinking (dementia). Taking perilla oil doesn't seem to improve thinking in people with dementia.
  • Cancer.
  • Common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Depression.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Sunstroke.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of perilla for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Perilla is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 8 months.

Some people are allergic to perilla and the symptoms may be severe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if perilla is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for PERILLA Interactions.



The appropriate dose of perilla 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 perilla. 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.

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