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Most Common Name:Celery
Botanical Name:Apium Graveolens
Also Known As (other names): Qincai, Smallage, Wild Celery

 Celery, one of the few vegetables that contain so few calories that you can actually lose weight by digesting it, has been a favourite vegetable and herb in Europe for years. Today celery is widely used as a vegetable to add flavour to salads, stews and soups all over the world.

The seeds and root is most commonly used for medicinal purposes.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

Anti-inflammatoryCarminativeDiuretic
AphrodisiacSedativeStimulant
InsomniaNerve tonic 

 

Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.
 Volatile oil see Celery Essential Oil

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

 

Bergapten: has photosensitising properties and is often used in conjunction with solar radiation to treat psoriasis. Bergapten causes photosensitivity which is frequently used therapeutically against skin conditions like psoriasis and vitiligo where the patient is exposed to the sun as part of the treatment.

Use of bergapten on normal skin will also cause photosensitivity so exposure to solar radiation (the sun) must be avoided while using medications that contain this constituent.

Bergapten is a Linear Furanocoumarin.

Although it is generally held of all Furanocoumarins that they may be carcinogenic during exposure to the sun or other sources of UV light Bergapten is frequently mentioned as a potential photo carcinogenic, so please consult your medical practitioner before using substances that contain Bergapten.

Furanocoumarins: Furanocoumarins have sun- or photosensitizing properties and are often used for the treatment of skin conditions sometimes with controlled exposure to the sun.
Other effects of Furanocoumarins reportedly are: hypotensive activity, antiasmatic and antispasmodic.
Furanocoumarins are potentially photo-carcinogenic and may promote a cancer that is initiated by interference with the skins natural ability to protect underlying cells against the carcinogenic effect of harmful ultra violet radiation.
Furanocoumarins are Coumarins with a furan ring

Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

 

 

 

Contraindications, do not use if:

   
   
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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