Benefits of Dhanyak(Coriander)

Coriander is an annual herb of the family Apiaceae. The word dhanyak literally means ‘rich’. It is a popular Indian curry ingredient and also a good herbal medicine. The antispasmodic and expectorant properties of this herb helps in treating lung diseases. It is a good herbal medicine for soothing the digestive system and cooling any burning sensations in the body.

Benefits of Dhanyak: Main herb for digestive disease and skin rash problems; colic, relieves internal heat, arthritis, indigestion, bloating, inflammation in the digestive system, neuralgia, piles, thirst, allergies, dysuria, cystitis, fever, hay fever, sore throat, intestinal disorders, urinary diseases, lung diseases.

Action: Alterative, antibilious, aphrodisiac, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulant, stomachic, tonic.

Scientific name: Coriandrum sativum.

Useful part: Leaves, seeds.

Dosage: 1–30g per day or 3–15ml per day.

Ayurvedic Action

Agnimandyanasaka: Alleviates sluggish appetite

Dahaghna: Alleviates burning inthe body

Dipana: Appetite stimulant

Amapacana:Toxin digester

Sulaprasamana: Alleviates intestinal spasms

Trsnaghna: Alleviates thirst

Krmighna Worm killer

Kushthaghna: Alleviates skin conditions


Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter, sweet

Vırya(energy): Cooling (leaves), warming (seed)

Vipaka(post-digestive effect):Sweet

Guna (quality): Light, oily

Dosa effect:: VPK−, especially pitta

Dhatu(tissue): Plasma, blood, muscle

Srotas (channel): Digestion, urinary, respiratory, nervous

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Dhaanyaka, Kustumburu,Dhaanyeyaka, Dhanika, Dhanikaa, Dhaanaa, Dhaanya, Dhaniyaa, Kunati, Chhatraa, Vitunnaka.

English: Coriander.

Constituents: Volatile oil -Coriandrol, anethole, camphor, limonene, geraniol, borneol, Flavonoids-Rutin, quercetin,apigenin. Coumarins-Psoralen, angelicin, umbelliferone,Phenolic acids, Phthalides.

Preparation: Juice, infusion, powder.

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