Coriander Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
Common Name: Coriander seed
Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum
Pin Yin Name: Yuán suì yóu
Main Acupressure Channels Activated by Coriander Essential Oil:
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 36
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 3
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 4
- Apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 6
Benefits of Coriander Essential Oils in Chinese Medicine
Most commonly known for its digestive benefits, coriander seed also relieves Damp-Cold-Bi (Pain) from not only the Earth Element Channels but also for joint and muscular pain. It also helps with metabolic detoxification causing pain associated with Blood Stagnation and lymphatic congestion. Because the intelligence (Yi) is associated with the Earth Element, coriander is beneficial applied to Acupressure Point Spleen 3 and Acupressure Point Stomach 36 when one is suffering from exhaustion due to over-studying.
Additionally, coriander essential oil is highly anti-biotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Apply (diluted) to the skin it helps to regenerate cells and combat aging skin, slow healing wounds, and stretch marks. In Chinese medicine it is used to harmonize the Middle Jiao, Support the Shen (Mind), and nourish Heart Blood Deficiency. A less common use would be to expels Exterior Wind Dam-Cold pathogens (Cold or Flu). Coriander essential oil would be appropriate for Qi Deficiency that appears as nervous exhaustion following overwork.
Properties: Warm, pungent, sweet, aromatic
Nature: Uplifting, protective, harmonizing, calming, gentle, sincere, grounding, resilient, creative, inventive, imaginative, inspirational, motivational, enlivening, optimistic, expressive, confident, joyful, passionate, sensual, courageous, adaptive
Diseases, Emotional Imbalances, and Pain Syndromes Treated with Coriander Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each energetic organ system is assigned to one of the Five Elements. Each element has both physical and emotional symptoms that would indicate imbalances in one or more of the related organ systems. Learn more about the Five Elements here!
Water Element Energetic Organ Systems: Kidney, Urinary Bladder
- Fear of failure
- Adrenal fatigue
- Bladder Pain-IC
Wood Element Energetic Organ Systems: Liver, Gallbladder
Fire Element Energetic Organ Systems: Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, San Jiao
Earth Element Energetic Organ Systems: Spleen, Stomach
Metal Element Energetic Organ Systems: Lung, Large Intestine
Plant description: Annual herb easily grown from seed that prefers full sun, but does not perform well in high temperatures. The seeds have wide culinary applications with a citrus-type flavor. The leaves are used fresh and are known ad cilantro.
Part used: Seed
Safety and Contraindications
- No known cumulative toxicity used topically
- Dilute to 6% so not to irritate the skin
- Recommendations for topical use only
- Pregnant or nursing women and children-infants should only use essential oils under the guidance of their local natural healthcare practitioner.
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