Khella – A Herb for the Heart and Respiratory …

Khella – A Herb for the Heart and Respiratory Ailments

Khella (Ammi visnaga) is a member of the celery, carrot or parsley family (Apiaceae) and it has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times for a variety of ailments.

It is known that the ancient Egyptians cultivated the plant and used it mainly for conditions related to the urinary trace system, a practice still in use today.

The dried umbels of khella are often found in markets in the Middle East and the Far East, where the flower stalks are used as toothpicks, a use which is reflected in the plan’s other common name “toothpick plant.”

In recent years scientific studies done on the herb have been mainly focused on two of its substances khellin and visnagin and their uses related to heart conditions.

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