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Coriander

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What other names is Coriander known by?

Coriander Essential Oil, Coriandre, Coriandri Fructus, Coriandrum sativum, Dhanyaka, Huile Essentielle de Coriandre, Koriander, Kustumburi.

What is Coriander?

Coriander is a plant. Both the leaves and fruit (seeds) of coriander are used as food and medicine. However, the term "coriander" is typically used to refer to the fruit. Coriander leaves are usually referred to as cilantro. In the following sections, the term "coriander" will be used to describe the fruit.

Coriander is taken by mouth for stomach and intestinal problems including upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, intestinal gas, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also taken by mouth for convulsions, insomnia, anxiety, and to treat infections caused by bacteria and fungus. Coriander is also taken by mouth for diabetes, worms, and joint pain and swelling.

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • 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 research shows that taking 30 drops of a product containing lemon balm, spearmint, and coriander (Carmint, Pour Sina) three times per day after meals for 8 weeks reduces stomach pain and discomfort in people with IBS when used along with diarrhea medicine (loperamide) or psyllium.
  • Anxiety..
  • Bacterial or fungal infections.
  • Convulsions.
  • Diabetes.
  • Insomnia.
  • Intestinal gas (flatulence).
  • Joint pain and swelling.
  • Nausea and diarrhea.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Nausea.
  • Worms.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of coriander for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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