Perilla Frutescens Japanica
Perilla (Perilla frutescens) is found in India, Burma, Japan, and China. Perilla belongs to the Lamiaceae/Labiatae family. The applicable parts of perilla are the leaf and seed. The herb is about 1 m high with small flowers, a gray-brown fruit, and glossy, downy-haired leaves. Perilla contains multiple flavones. The major flavones apigenin, shishonin, and luteolin can be found in both the leaf and seed. The seed oil also ocntains fatty acid alpha-lineolic acid. Perilla is thought to help asthma due to the alpha-lineolic acid effects on leukotrienes. Perilla is also used for nausea, sunstroke, to induce sweating and as an antispasmodic.
Food Sources There have been no reported adverse reactions associated with perilla.
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Cautions There have been no reported adverse reactions associated with perilla.