Know the basics
What is Celery used for?
The seed is used as a diuretic and as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism. The seed oil has produced sedative effects. Celery has been used in herbal medicine to treat:
- Joint pain (rheumatism), gout;
- Hysteria, nervousness, headache;
- Weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion.
Celery has a wide variety of uses. Other uses of celery include:
- Promote relaxation and sleep;
- To kill bacteria in the urinary tract;
- As a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements;
- To start menstruation;
- To control intestinal gas (flatulence);
- To increase sexual desire;
- To reduce the flow of breast milk;
- For stimulating glands;
- Treating menstrual discomfort;
- For “blood purification.”
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show celery’s antihypertensive/anti-cholesterol action is believed to result from the ability of celery to inhibit tyrosine hydroxylase. One of the chemical components of celery, an alkaloid, has been shown to be an effective anticonvulsant.
Know the precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Celery?
Stop using celery at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Assess for hypersensitivity reactions, including birch-celery syndrome and anaphylaxis.
Assess the client’s level of consciousness; central nervous system depression can occur.
Do not mix between celery seeds and juice. They are used to treat different conditions.
Stay out of the sun or to wear protective clothing when using celery products.
Psoralen, one of the chemical components of celery, may cause a phototoxic rash.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is Celery?
Don’t use celery if you have:
- Bleeding disorder;
- Kidney problems;
- Low blood pressure.
Do not to use celery products in children except as a food source.
Large amounts of celery might make the uterus contract and cause a miscarriage. Do not use celery on pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Know the side effects
What kind of side effects may I have from Celery?
Celery can cause several side effects including:
- Central nervous system depression;
- Uterine stimulation;
- Dermatitis, phototoxic bullous lesions (birch-celery syndrome);
- Hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylaxis, angioedema.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
Know the interactions
What interactions may I have with Celery?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
Celery can interact with a number of drug, herbal and supplement:
- Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight;
- Sedative medications;
- Medications that effect thyroid function.
Celery may also change the level of lithium in your body.
Understand the dosage
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for Celery?
There is no recent clinical evidence to guide dosage of celery. Carminative use of the seed typically involves 1 to 4 g doses.
The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does Celery come in?
This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms: Capsules, seeds and tincture.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Skidmore-Roth, Linda. Mosby's Handbook Of Herbs & Natural Supplements. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2001. Print version. Page 154.
Celery. http://www.drugs.com/npp/celery.html. Assessed August 6, 2016.
Celery. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-882-celery.aspx?activeingredientid=882&activeingredientname=celery. Assessed August 6, 2016.
Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017