Khella was used by the ancient Egyptians and Indians to treat mild kidney related problems. The diuretic properties of the herb were recognized even during the Middle Ages.
Khella contains many unique and important chemicals that make it an important herb to consider. This article tries to cover all such important aspects of this wonder herb in detail.
What is Khella?
Khella is an ancient herb which is scientifically known as Ammi visnaga. The herb belongs to the carrot family and is also known by the following other names – Ammi, false Queen Anne’s lace, khellin, Spanish toothpick, germakellin and Visnagafruchte.
How does it Work?
Khella contains the following chemicals – Khellin and visnagin. There are documented evidences that Khella was used by the ancient Egyptian and Indian civilizations in treating urinary tract infections and skin conditions.
Health Benefits of Khella
The following are some of the health benefits of the herb:
In many animal based studies, it was found that visnagin could positively affect the cardiovascular health of animals. Khella acts as a vasolidator and helps in reducing the blood pressure levels. In many ways, the herb helps in relaxing the blood vessels due to its powerful anti-spasmodic actions on the coronary arteries.Khella can be used for the following cardiovascular conditions – increasing HDL levels, mild forms of angina (chest pain), irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), congestive heart failure and atherosclerosis
Kidneys, Liver & Gall Bladder
The herb is a diuretic and it also helps in preventing & treating kidney stones. In an animal study conducted on rats, it was found that the herb could reduce renal crystal deposition. Khella is also used to treat urinary tract infections as the herb has anti-fungal & anti-bacterial properties.In addition, many believe that Khella helps in the proper functioning of the gall bladder and the liver. The herb helps in treating gall stones effectively.
Another ancient use of Khella is in treating skin related infections. In some ancient Egyptian and Indian documents, the use of the herb to treat vitiligo has been mentioned prominently. Some also claim that the herb can be taken by mouth to treat psoriasis.
The herb is applied directly to the skin to treat hair loss. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Khella is also used to treat wounds, poisonous bites and skin swelling.
According to some, Khella positively affects the working of the bronchial muscles. The fruit of the herb is associated with the treatment of the following conditions – asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis and emphysema.
Another benefit of Khella includes its use as a muscle relaxant due to the presence of Khellin. Some claim that the herb can help in treating menstrual pain and PMS.
Most studies conducted on this herb are animal based. Hence, there is no proven recommended dosage level of Khella for humans. Some say, 30 drops of the herbal extract in water can be taken three times per day. For making an infusion, one teaspoon of the herb can be used for a cup of water and steeped for 25 minutes.
Khella is considered unsafe when taken without any medical guidance. The herb may cause the following side effects – nausea, dizziness, headache, insomnia and skin sensitivity.Over dose of the herb may cause possible liver damage. Pregnant & breast feeding women should avoid this herb.
The dried fruit of Khella is used in herbal medicinal preparations. In scientific studies, the chemical khellin from the herb is extensively used. There are not enough clinical studies conducted on humans using this herb to determine its exact efficacy and dangers. Khella should not be confused with bishop’s weed.
Khella might interact with the following types of drugs – Digoxin, Hepatotoxic and Photosensitizing drugs.