- Perilla is an herb. The leaf and seed are used to make medicine.
- Perilla leaves are used in Chinese medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, as well as in Asian cooking as a garnish and as a possible antidote to food poisoning.
- Perilla is used for treating asthma. It is also used for nausea, sunstroke, inducing sweating, and to reduce muscle spasms.
- In foods, perilla is used as a flavoring.
- In manufacturing, perilla seed oil is used commercially in the production of varnishes, dyes, and inks.
- Leaf extracts have shown antioxidant, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, anorexigenic, and tumor-preventing properties.
- Perilla contains chemicals that might decrease swelling and affect other chemicals that cause asthma symptoms.
- Perilla is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 8 months. When put on the skin, perilla can cause an allergic skin reaction and rash.
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