Health Guide


What is it?

Cilantro is an herbal medicine sometimes used to treat indigestion (heartburn, nausea, stomach pain), flatulence (passing gas), and loss of appetite.

Other names for Cilantro include: Coriandrum sativum, Chinese parsley, Cilantro, Coriander, Coriandi fructus, and Koriander.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you.

  • are taking medicine or are allergic (uh-ler-jik) to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or diet supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breast feeding
  • have stomach problems
  • have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Cilantro you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Cilantro. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine.


  • Before taking Cilantro, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Cilantro may increase your chance of miscarriage (losing your unborn baby) if you are pregnant or it may cause problems getting pregnant (1).

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms. This may mean that you are allergic (uh-ler-jik) to the medicine.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • May increase the acid in your stomach (3)


1. Al-Said Ms, Al-Khamis KI, Islam MW et al: Post-coital antifertility activiyt of the seeds of Corandrum Sativum in rats. J Ethnopharmacol 1987; 21(2):165-173.

2. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldber A et al (eds): The Complete German Commission E Monographs, 1st ed. American Botanical Council, Austin, TX; 1998.

3. Vasudevan K, Vember S, Veeraraghavan K et al: Influence of intragastric perfusion of aqueous spice extracts on acid secretion in anesthetized albino rats. Indian J Gastroenterol 2000; 19(2):53-56.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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