May 27, 2016

Celery

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What other names is Celery known by?

Aches des Marais, Ajamoda, Ajmoda, Ajwan, Apii Frutus, Apio, Apium graveolens, Céleri, Celery Fruit, Celery Seed, Fruit de Celeri, Graine de Céleri, Karmauli, Persil des Marais, Qin Cai, Smallage, Selleriefruchte, Selleriesamen.

What is Celery?

Celery is a plant. The fruit and seeds are dried or pressed into oil for use as medicine. Sometimes celery oil is marketed in capsule form. Some people also take celery juice as medicine. The ancient Greeks used celery to make wine, which was served as an award at athletic games.

Celery is used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. Celery is also to promote relaxation and sleep; to kill bacteria in the urinary tract; as a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements; to start menstruation; to control intestinal gas (flatulence); to increase sexual desire; to reduce the flow of breast milk; for stimulating glands; treating menstrual discomfort; and for "blood purification."

Possibly Effective for...

  • Menstrual discomfort. Some clinical research shows the taking a specific product containing celery seed, anise, and saffron (SCA by Gol Daro Herbal Medicine Laboratory) for 3 days reduces pain severity and duration during the menstrual cycle.
  • Mosquito repellent. Some research shows that applying a gel containing 5% to 25% celery extract to the skin can repel mosquitos for up to 4.5 hours. Other research shows that applying a specific product (G10, E.A.R. Samunpri) containing celery extract 5%, along with vanillin, eucalyptus oil, orange oil, and citronella oil, repels mosquitos similarly to other commercial products, such as DEET 25% and Insect Block 28.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Muscle and joint aches and pains.
  • Gout.
  • Nervousness.
  • Headache.
  • Appetite stimulation.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Regulating bowel movements.
  • Use as a sleeping sedative.
  • Gas.
  • Stimulating menstruation.
  • Breast milk reduction.
  • Aiding digestion.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of celery 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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