Chinese Parsley (Coriander)

Chinese Parsley (Coriander)

Chinese Parsley, also known as Coriander, is an herb often used in Chinese cooking and traditional medicine. Its warm and pungent nature provides various benefits and has specific uses.


  • Nature: Warm; pungent.
  • Effects: Induces perspiration, promotes digestion, facilitates the outbreak of measles rash.
  • Influence on Organs: Affects the lungs and spleen.

Preparation and Usage

  1. Facilitating Eruptions in Measles: Boil Chinese parsley with water chestnut and carrot to make a soup that can aid in facilitating eruptions in measles. Alternatively, cut up whole parsleys and cook in water, then wash the measles patient with the warm liquid.

  2. Reducing Unpleasant Smells: Regular consumption of Chinese parsley may help reduce unpleasant smells of urine, associated with internal heat.

    • Cook whole Chinese parsley with fish, pork, or beef to remove offensive smells, including certain body odors.
    • As a seasoning in cooking, Chinese parsley can help alleviate excessive gastric acid and cold stomachache.


Chinese parsley is frequently used as a seasoning in seafood dishes to enhance appearance, fragrance, and warmth. There are some important considerations when using Chinese parsley, particularly to facilitate eruptions in measles:

  • It's not meant for prolonged consumption.
  • It is best to administer during the early stages of measles, but should not be used if eruptions have already occurred, as it may increase internal heat.
  • It may not be suitable for those with constant thirst, cracked lips, or constipation.


Chinese Parsley (Coriander) holds a special place in Chinese culinary arts and traditional medicinal practices. Its unique properties can be harnessed for various purposes. Careful understanding and proper usage are key to maximizing its potential benefits.

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