Khella, also referred to as Bishop’s weed, is native to areas of the Middle East and Egypt. There are several different actions, reported uses, and benefits of khella. This plant is from the parsley and cumin family.
Lung and Breathing Uses and Benefits
There are several respiratory benefits of khella. It is said to help treat asthma, bronchitis, spastic coughs, and emphysema. The khellin constituent present in khella is said to be an effective bronchio-dilator and it is also said to have antispasmodic abilities. These help to alleviate the spasms that affect the bronchial airway smooth muscles.
Coronary and Cardiac Uses and Benefits
This herb is said to have many uses and benefits for the cardiovascular system. It may help to prevent atherosclerosis by helping to raise good cholesterol levels and by preventing arterial plaque formation. This will also result in a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke. However, if a heart attack does occur, this herb is said to be beneficial during recovery as well. It may also help with coronary insufficiency, spastic heart, and angina.
The purported vasodilator effects have been shown to be good for overall heart health. Some of the components of khella act similar to a calcium channel blocker which helps to prevent the blood vessels from constricting. This can help to improve blood flow in the coronary arteries, but it may also cause an increase in blood pressure.
Urinary Uses and Benefits
Khella may help to relieve bladder and urinary tract constriction and spasms. It may also relieve urinary colic. This herb may be beneficial in promoting the discharge of thick mucus-pus discharge and urinary stones.
Spasm Uses and Benefits
Khella is said to have antispasmodic properties making it a good remedy for a variety of spasms. It can help with spastic menstruation, abdominal cramps, spastic coughs, and painful periods.
Gallbladder Uses and Benefits
This herb may be beneficial for the health of the gallbladder and bile duct. It may promote the discharge of gallstones and gallbladder colic.
Skin Uses and Benefits
The benefits of khella also extend to the skin. The khellin component, when combined with sun exposure, may help to treat the skin disease known as vitiligo, in which the skins’ pigment-carrying melanocytes are lost. It may also be beneficial in treating inflammation, psoriasis, minor burns and wounds, and certain dermatological problems.
Side Effects and Warnings
There are a few side effects associated with this herb, such as decreased visual acuity, nausea, and vomiting. Other adverse reactions may include headache, vertigo, insomnia, anorexia, an elevation in liver function test results, constipation, itching, and weak phototoxic activity. Patients should also avoid prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation and sunlight. It is also very important to talk to a doctor before taking khella, especially if the patient is taking other herbs or medications, or has any medical conditions or ailments.
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Home Remedies. (2010). Some Uses of Khella. Retrieved on March 24, 2010 from Home Remedies: https://www.home-remedies.info/herbal-medicines/khella.htm
Chinese Herbs. (2010). Khella and Herbal Remedies. Retrieved on March 24, 2010 from Chinese Herbs: https://www.chinese-herbs.org/khella/
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