Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Coriander in traditional medicine

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a small, aromatic, herbaceous and perennial herb widely distributed in India, Pakistan, West Asia, the Mediterranean and America. Coriander, like many species, contains antioxidants which can delay or prevent the spoilage of food seasoned with this spice.

A study found both the leaves and seed to contain antioxidants but the leaves were found to have a stronger effect.

It has been a constituent of traditional medicines from antiquity and seeds and foliage remain common ingredients of herbal remedies. Coriander has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia in Iran.

Coriander seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds, then cooling and consuming the resulting liquid.

In the Greco-Arab traditional medicine, preparations containing coriander seed extract have been used as stimulants, carminatives, antispasmodics, diuretic and antirheumatic.

The main constituents of coriander seed are essential oils, sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose), alkaloids, flavones, resins, tannins, anthraquinones, sterols and fixed oils. Coriander in traditional medicine
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