FUN FACTS

BN: Celery Apium graveolens.  AKA 芹菜 (qíncài).  There are 3 very different types of celery —Pascal (Apium graveolens var. dulce), Leaf ( Apium graveolens var. secalinum) and Celeriac (Apium graveoliens var. rapaceum).   Parts used are  stalks, leaves, root, seeds.

CONSTITUENTS

Carbohydrates, flavonoids, alkaloids, and steroids, limonene, selinene, frocoumarin glycosides, flavonoids, and vitamins A and C ¹ Celery is also a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, folate, molybdenum, manganese, calcium, vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.

USES/BENEFITS 

(DisclaimerCelery can prevent cardiovascular diseases, jaundice, liver and lien diseases, urinary tract obstruction, gout, and rheumatic disorders.¹  Celery reduces glucose (diabetes), blood lipids, and blood pressure.¹ Research shows celery extracts given to mice over 21 days benefited Parkinson-like symptoms.  Study also shows that celery has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial.   Apium graveolens extract seems to influence mood and cognition in healthy mice and thus may have anti-depressant properties.

LWT – Food and Science Technology found that steaming celery is best way to maintain the antioxidants.  Boiling and blanching can lead to about 40% loss in antioxidants.  Eating it raw is the best way to preserve the vitamins and phytochemicals.

CAUTION

Celery contains furanocoumarin, which is the chemical that produces the "grapefruit effect".   Furanocoumarin works in the gut and can neutralize drugs enzymes designed to slow down the absorption rate, which means the interaction can lead to a drug overdose.²

TYPES

Pascal — AKA Giant Pascal Celery, Winter King, or Pascal Giant Celery, is the celery typically used for its stocks.

Leaf —AKA Chinese celery 芹菜 (Qíncài).  Used for its leave and stock.  It is more pungent and flavorful than Pascal celery.

Celeriac — is harvested for its enlarged root.  The root can be cooked or eaten raw.  Popular in German and Italian cooking.

GROWING

Celery performs best between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Leaf celery/ Chinese celery  - hardiness zones 5a through 8b.

Celeriac - hardiness zones 8 and 9.  Requires 100 to 120 days for the root to mature.

Pascal -  hardiness zones 2 through 10.  Mature in 105 to 130 days.

— Growing Pascal (regular) celery from stalk

— Growing leaf celery from seed

— Growing celeriac celery from seed

 

PRODUCTS

Google "celery" with any of the following categories to find the variety of products.  Below are links to a few examples - not a comprehensive list.

TCM NOTES

This information is for education purposes only.  Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.

PropertiesTreatmentsUsageCautionsFormulas
Temp Taste Ent. Meridians Photo
Cool
 

Name

芹菜

qíncài

Slightly Pungent, Slightly Bitter Slightly Sweet

Kidney

Liver

Spleen

Stomach

Indications/Issues Description / Symptoms Usefulness(1-10)
Flatulence ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
High blood pressure

 

Actions Actions Actions
Tonifies spleen  Cools liver
Tonifies stomach  Relives dampness
 Tonifies qi  Promotes sweating
 Relieves heat
 Cleans kidney
 Cleans bladder

DOSAGE information found online

Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

 

PARTS USED

• Fruit

***Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.***

Contraindications

 

Drugs Interactions

 

Herb Interactions

Xiang Fan/ Incompatibility:

Xiang Wei/ Counteraction:

Xiang Sha/ Suppression:

Xiang Wu / Antagonism:

Xiang Xu/ Accentuation:

Xiang Shi/ Enhancement:

The roots of this herb is an ingredient in the following formulas:

 

EDITOR NOTES

I've use both the leaf and pascal celery in recipes.  My favorite is juicing pascal with apple and carrot juice - a delicious blend.  If you want to clean out your system, this juice will have you making multiple trips to the bathroom.

REFERENCES

1 . journals.sagepub.com  retrieved 1/16/2018

2 . FDA.gov 3/26/2018

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