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Dhania : Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

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By NS Desk 06-Nov-2020

Dhania health benefits

Dhania is a plant-based herb with a distinct flavor and aroma. Usually, dried seeds of Dhania or coriander are used for curing many diseases and health problems. The bitter and sweet taste of Dhania provides a characteristic flavor to the food and various dishes. Dhania is full of nutritional value and contains ample antioxidant properties that act as a shield for protecting the body from various illnesses.

Dhania is beneficial for the ailment of many skin diseases like acne, pimples, and blackheads. Application of Dhania juice and leaves paste with rose water on the affected area gives a cooling effect and reduces acne, inflammation, and other skin disorders. This is used as a remedy due to its antibacterial and astringent properties.

Dhania water or soaked coriander seeds is used as a remedy for thyroid as it is rich in vitamin and mineral content. Light to digest Dhania leaves aids in digestion and reduces diarrhea symptoms, bowel spasm, and flatulence due to its carminative properties. Dhania can be added to the regular diet and hence prevents many gastric issues. Reduction in muscle spasm due to antispasmodic properties also minimizes the abdominal pain. Kidney stones can be removed due to the increase in urination and diuretic properties of Dhania. Never use Dhania excessively as it can lead to inflammation and skin irritation for hypersensitive skin.

What are the other names for Dhania?

Dhania or coriander is known by different names in different parts of the world. Coriandrum sativum is its most commonly used and scientific name. Apart from these, it is also known as Dhanya, Coriander, Dhane, Dhue, Kothimbir, Dhaniwal, Dhanawal, Dhaniyal, Kishneez, etc.

Benefits of using Dhania in various treatments

Many studies conducted till now have shown the beneficial effects of Dhania in several ways. Be it a low-risk or high-risk disease; Dhania has been acting as a catalyst in treating these diseases. It also acts as a blessing for the treatment and ailment of many diseases and health problems like acne, irritable bowel disease, worm infections, digestive problems, etc. Here are some of the wonderful uses of Dhania:-

●       Beneficial in curing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is caused due to bacterial overgrowth caused in the small intestine. Dhania seeds are rich in essential oils which hinder the bacterial overgrowth and hence manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

●       Stimulates the Appetite

Dhania is rich in flavonoids, which help in increasing the appetite. Dhania contains Linalool, which enhances the neurotransmitter's activity, increases food consumption, and increases appetite.

●       Helps in curing muscle spasm

Carminative and antispasmodic activity of Dhania helps in managing spasm in the muscle. Moreover, abdominal activity and pain caused due to bad digestion are also reduced by Dhania's consumption.

●       Reduces Worm infections

Dhania has anthelmintic properties which reduce the worm eggs production, hence considered beneficial in the worm management.

●       Remedy for Joint pain

Joint pain is reduced by the application of Dhania paste on the affected area. Dhania is rich in Cineole and linoleic acid, and hence possess the antirheumatic, antiarthritic activity and anti-inflammatory properties. All these properties collectively help in joint pain reduction and inflammation.

Treating diseases/health problems using Dhania

Below are some scientific and Ayurveda claims about the use of Dhania in curing and treating health problems:

●       Eyesight

Science

Ayurveda

Dhania is essentially rich in Vitamin A. Science claims that using Dhania juice, if consumed or used, can increase the eyesight and maintains extremely good health of the eyes.

 

Pitta Dosha fluctuations are responsible for bad eyesight. Dhania juice of fresh leaves helps in balancing the Pitta dosha and increase eyesight and vision.  

 

●         Digestive problems

Science

Ayurveda

Dhania has good stomachic, carminative and antispasmodic properties, which are proved beneficial for indigestion, flatulence, etc. The essential oil content of linalool also helps in managing vomiting and dyspepsia. The infection due burn and the wound are also healed by applying Dhania paste on the affected area.

 

Dhania contains Ushna or hot properties apart from Pachan and Deepan properties. Hence, it is proved to be beneficial for curing digestive problems. The consumption of Dhania also increases digestion and appetite. Dhania kwath or decoction with buttermilk should be consumed twice daily to cure digestive problems like nausea, acidity, and dysentery.

●         Constipation

Science

Ayurveda

As per the scientific study, there is no strong evidence to prove that Dhania cures constipation. However, it is scientifically used in aiding digestive problems and stomach disorders like bowel disease, indigestion, flatulence, etc. 

 

Ayurveda claims that Dhania does not help cure constipation. Dhania possesses Grahi or absorbent properties, which might help cure diarrhea and poor digestion. However, Dhania is not helpful for constipation issues.

Swallow Dhania powder with honey after a meal for aiding digestion.

●         Throat Disorders

Science

Ayurveda

No scientific evidence or study proves the benefits or Dhania as a remedy for throat disorders. However, the anti-inflammatory properties of Dhania manage throat disorders as per traditional usage.

 

Irritation and cough are generally caused when Kapha Dosha is imbalanced in the body. The mucus is formed, and the stool gets accumulated in the respiratory tract because of the same. This hinders the respiratory pathway. Ushna and Kapha balancing properties clear the respiratory pathway and help to get rid of the accumulated mucus.

●         Thyroid

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Ayurveda

A scientific study shows that Dhania water consumption can be proved beneficial for curing thyroid. Traces of Vitamin B1, B2, and B3 are proved beneficial. Moreover, mineral content is a substantial amount that helps to improve thyroid symptoms. Dhania water should be consumed empty stomach daily for the remedy.

 

Imbalanced Vata and Kapha Dosha are responsible for thyroid in our body. It is a hormonal imbalance. Vat and Kapha's balancing properties of Dhania manages the production of thyroid hormone, hence reducing the body's thyroid problem. Swallow dhania powder with honey after every meal.

●         Nasal Problems

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Ayurveda

Scientific shreds of evidence claim Dhania to be a natural hemostat. Apply Dhania juice or decoction of the affected area of the nose to manage the swelling and inflammation. Nose pain and irritation can also be reduced with the help of Dhania. Dhania also helps in curing and managing nasal bleeding.

 

Fluctuations of Kapha Dosha in the body lead to mucus formation in the nasal tract. Ushna and Kapha balancing properties of Dhania reduce the nasal problems. Moreover, the Grahi, Kashaya, or Pitta balancing properties of Dhania manages the nasal bleeding and melts the stool and mucus.

Forms of Dhania in Ayurveda with Recommended Dosage

Dhania in the Ayurvedic treatment is used in seeds, fresh leaves, powder, kwath, or sharbat form. Each of these forms of Dhania can create different types of herbal tonics or can be applied externally on the affected area to treat the disorder or disease.

If you have not consulted with your doctor regarding the dosage amount for each Dhania form, you can then follow these dosage recommendations:

 

For Internal Consumption

●       Dhania Churna or powder: ½ teaspoon of Dhania should be consumed either with milk or honey after lunch and dinner.

●       Dhania Kwath: - Take 1/4 or ½ teaspoon of Dhania powder added to 2 cups of water. Boil the contents to reduce the quantity to half. Filter the Kwath and consume 4-5 teaspoons of the same with water or buttermilk. Drink the same before a meal, just once a day.

●       Dhania seeds: - 1-2 teaspoon of Dhania seeds, either in the form of powder or sharbat, can be consumed for digestive problems, nasal infections, etc.  

●       Dhania Leaves: - Dhania leaves can be consumed directly with vegetables or can be converted to the juice form. Drinking the juice with honey or water can cure skin rashes and irritation.

In case you have consulted with a doctor, it is advised to stick to their recommended prescriptions.

External Application

●       Dhania powder: - Mix ¼ - 1 teaspoon of Dhania powder with rose water to make a paste. Apply the same on the affected area for 2-4 hours to heal inflammation, burn, or acne. 

●       Dhania leaves paste: - ½ - 1 teaspoon Dhania paste with rose water and honey can be used on the face, neck, and forehead 2-3 times a day.

Side effects of Dhania

While Dhania is magically infused with healing properties, it is also found to have certain side effects if over consumed, especially in people suffering from heart problems, pregnant ladies, diabetic patients, and breastfeeding women. Both science and Ayurvedic experts recommend consulting a doctor before taking Dhania. Moreover, Dhania's application on the skin in excessive amounts can cause skin sensitivity, inflammation, skin darkening, etc.

Types of Ayurvedic Care with Dhania

●       Dhania Powder

Dhania is available in powder form, taken from the seeds to prevent or lower the risk of many diseases like diabetes and skin problems.

Tips:

As prescribed by your doctor, you can mix the Dhania seed powder in honey and swallow it.

You can use the Dhania powder to make Dhania kwath.

●       Dhania Kwath

Dhania seeds or powder can be taken in the form of tea or kwath in curing ailments like digestive issues, skin problems, etc.

Tips:

-Boil 2 cups of water in a pan.

-Add 1-2 teaspoons of Dhania seeds or powder.

-Let it mix completely in water.

-Boil till the mixture reduces to half.

-Take 4-5 teaspoons of the same and mix in buttermilk.

-Drink one cup every day before the meal to reduce acidity, diarrhea, and nausea.

●       Dhania powder with honey

Dhania powder is consumed with honey after lunch or dinner. The combination of both helps in curing urinal disorder, digestive ailments, etc.

Tips:-

-Take ¼ or ½ teaspoon of Dhania powder with 1 teaspoon of honey.

●       Dhania Sharbat

Dhania Sharbat is very beneficial and tasty. It is made with dhania seeds and cures digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, etc.

Tips

1-2 teaspoons of Dhania seeds should be soaked in a glass of water for an entire night. Dhania seeds should be mashed in the same water. Consume 4-6 teaspoon of Dhania Sharbat twice daily.

●       Fresh Dhania leaves paste.

Dhania paste is used for external application on the affected area for curing any skin infections, acne, etc.

Tips

Take Dhania leaves and crush them into a fine paste

Mix Dhania leaves with honey, milk, rose water, etc.

Apply the paste on the affected area for 10-15 minutes and repeat the process every week for the result.

Moreover, Dhania paste can directly be massaged on the joints for curing joint pain.

 

Precautionary guide while using Dhania?

Before the consumption of Dhania, it is recommended to know the precautions which should be taken for different ailments. Apart from consulting the doctor if using Dhania juice or decoction on eyes, below are some specific precautions are taken: -

●       For people suffering from breathing problems

View of Ayurvedic experts

It is advisable to consult a doctor before consuming Dhania leaves as it is full of Sita or cold properties.

●       For Diabetic Patients

View of Ayurvedic experts

Dhania is responsible for lowering the blood sugar level subsequently. Hence, it is highly advisable to update the blood sugar level if you are using Dhania, that too, with an anti-diabetic drug. 

View of Scientific experts

Dhania lowers the blood sugar level, and hence consultation from the doctor is advisable before the consumption of Dhania.

●       For heart patients

View of Ayurvedic experts

Dhania is responsible for lowering the blood pressure level subsequently. Hence, it is highly advisable to update the blood pressure level if you are using Dhania, that too, with an anti-hypertensive drug.

View of Scientific experts

Dhania lowers the blood pressure level because of its Mutral or diuretic properties, and hence consultation from the doctor is advisable before the consumption of Dhania. Moreover, keep a check on the blood pressure if you are a heart patient and consume anti-hypertensive drugs.

●       For Allergic patients or person with highly sensitive skin

View of Ayurvedic Experts

According to Ayurvedic experts, Dhania is very hot in potency, which is also known as Ushna. So, a person with highly sensitive skin or skin prone to allergy should apply the Dhania powder with milk or rose water.

FAQ's about Dhania

What are the different elements of Dhania?

According to science experts, Dhania contains many essential oils like linalool a-pinene, y- terpene, camphor, geraniol, and geranyl acetate. Dhania is extremely rich in various antioxidants, Vitamin- K and Vitamin - C. Apart from this, Dhania is also rich in dietary fiber, manganese, iron, and magnesium. It also possesses a lot of health properties such as carminative, stimulant, sedative, anti-microbial, anti-convulsant, and anthelmintic properties. Aromatic, diuretic, antidiabetic, antioxidant, etc.

In how many forms is Dhania available in the market?

Dhania is majorly consumed in two forms i.e., leaves and seeds. The market availability of both the products is high, and you can easily find them in any supermarket or grocery store. Fresh Dhania leaves and seeds add up the flavor and taste to different dishes. It can also be changed in different forms for consumption.

What are the ways in which Dhania can be used to treat burning eyes?

According to science experts, if boiled to make a decoction or kwath, Dhania can be used for treating burning eyes. Take some dhania seeds and boil them till half. Wash the eyes with this decoction to treat any allergy or burning eyes.

Is Dhania useful in minimizing acne?

Pimples are blackheads that can be minimized by the persistent use of Dhania juice. Dhania is very famous for its astringent or Kashaya properties; hence Dhania can be used as paste or juice for curing inflammation and acne. Take Dhania leaves paste or juice to mix it with turmeric powder. Apply it on the affected area and repeat until the acne is healed.

Can Dhania help in curing rashes?

Dhania possesses Sita or cold potency; hence if Dhania juice or leaves paste is applied to the affected area can work wonders for reducing itching, burning sensation, and skin rashes.

How is Dhania beneficial for the Headache?

Dhania helps cure headache and provide a cold sensation to the head. Apply Dhania paste or juice on the forehead for reducing the headache with its cold or Sita potency.

 

How is Dhania water helpful in curing different ailments?

As per Science experts

Dhania water is extremely helpful for health and body. Dhania water consumed early morning helps in managing hypertension, fever, headache, thyroid, etc. Other diseases and health problems like fungal and microbial infection, cholesterol, liver problems, skin problems are managed and cured with Dhania water consumption. In addition to this, it improves the memory, digestive health, and eyesight because of its carminative properties.

 As per Ayurvedic studies

Dhania water possesses Ushna or hot, Deepan or appetizing, Pachan, or digestive properties, which aid in increasing the appetite and enhancing the digestive system. Apart from this, the Kapha and Ushna balancing properties of Dhania help prevent respiratory problems like cough, cold, and asthma.

Tips to consume Dhania water:-

●       1-2 teaspoons of Dhania seeds should be mixed with a glass of water.

●       Keep the seeds overnight in the water.

●       Drink at least 4-6 teaspoons of the same water before any meal, either lunch or dinner.

How is Dhania helpful in preventing cough for children?

As per science

Science does not hold strong evidence for preventing children from cough by the consumption of Dhania. However, it is widely used as a traditional remedy to cure the same. 

As per Ayurvedic experts

Cough in children is caused due to Kapha Dosha imbalance. Cough is the blockage of the respiratory tract due to stool or mucus formation. Dhania seeds help in getting rid of mucus and stool due to its Ushna and Kapha balancing properties. Hence, it is useful as a cough remedy in children.

Can Dhania be used to reduce the cholesterol level in the body?

Dhania helps reduce bad cholesterol in the body and enhances the good cholesterol level. Stool with excess cholesterol is excreted out with the help of Dhania.

Is Dhania useful in reducing anxiety?

Dhania possesses an anxiolytic effect, which helps in relieving muscles. Dhania also gives a sedative effect and hence reduces anxiety levels. 

 

 ( Disclaimer : The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or ayurvedic doctor. )

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