Parsley (fresh)

Parsley is an exceptional diuretic, which allows for water excretion without the loss of electrolytes. It’s hot and dry qualities are helpful for draining excess Kapha, as in phlegm related urinary infections.Use parsley in heavy dishes, such as meat or beans, to lighten them up and aid digestion.


Taste: pungent, bitter

Natural Attributes: light, dry

Tissue impact (Vipak): pungent

Thermal impact (Virya): warming

Dosha impact: Increases Pitta, decreases Vata and Kapha

Digestive impact (Agni): easy to digest, improves digestion

Channels (Srotas): opens


Urine: strong diuretic

Strength (Bala): clears congestionand obstruction

Mind (Manas): Rajasic

Effect: diuretic, digestive, anticarcinogenic, appetizer, carminative, spleen tonic, detoxicant, abortifacient, emmenagogue, uterine tonic

Chinese five element impact: Wood

Chinese medicine syndromes: Liver excess, stagnation, phlegm in Bladder

Medicinal properties 

  • Nourishment (rasa): obesity, ear infections, earache, deafness, protection of surface and mucus membranes of the body
  • Blood-circulation-liver: dries watery mucoid conditions, increases circulation, reduces hypertension, rejuvenates liver
  • Bones-joints-tendon-ligaments: strengthens teeth and bones
  • Nervous system: benefits the optic and brain nerves
  • Reproductive and hormonal systems: swollen glands and breasts, strengthens adrenal glands, scanty menstruation, menstrual pain
  • Immunity: cancer preventative
  • Skin: ripens measles to hasten recovery, complexion
  • Kidney-Bladder: promotes urination – helpful in all kidney and urinary difficulties (apart from severe kidney inflammation – excess heat), mucus in bladder, kidney, bladder or gallbladder  stones 
  • Respiratory system: halitosis
  • Digestive system: strengthens digestive powers
  • Cleansing: detoxifies meat or fish poisoning, exterior conditions, stopping the spread of bacteria 

Harmful for: nursing mothers (dries up milk), heat disorders, pregnancy


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