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The Power of Cilantro


Cilantro, which is also known as Chinese parsley or coriander is a member of the carrot family that is indigenous to North Africa and southern Europe. The leaves and seeds are often used in African, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking.

People tend to either love or hate cilantro and this is thought to be genetically determined by an inherited taste perception of a particular chemical constituent.


Discovering the properties of cilantro

The discovery of the potent detoxification power of cilantro is attributed to an accidental finding by the highly qualified and eminent, Dr. Yoshiaki Omura. He was treating several patients for various infections caused by microorganisms such as chlamydia, herpes and cytomegaloviruses and found that their initial infection would clear, only to recur months later. 

He realised that this was due to metal toxicity enabling these organisms to hide and flourish in body compartments and was monitoring urinary levels of mercury, lead and aluminium when he noticed spikes in output following the consumption of cilantro-rich Vietnamese soup. 

Dr Yoshiaki then found that when he combined natural antimicrobial agents with cilantro and omega-3 fatty acids, the infections could be permanently eliminated.

Cilantro has subsequently been shown to be a potent mobiliser of mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminium from the bones and central nervous system. It is also able to dislodge mercury and other toxic metals attached to cell organelles and from within the nucleus of the cell reversing the DNA damage caused.

Coriander is currently under investigation for its antibacterial activity against Salmonella and its actions in the treatment of diabetes. 

Cilantro has been shown to:

  • Generally restore normal function
  • Aid digestive and stomach problems and reduce flatulence
  • Have anti-inflammatory actions
  • Be an aphrodisiac
  • Relieve allergies and hay fever
  • Prevent and treat infections
  • Aid in the treatment of Lyme disease
  • Promote heavy metal detoxification
  • Relieve rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain and
  • Act as a diuretic and promote urinary tract health.


Dosing and cautions

Taking cilantro in isolation is not advised because it mobilises more toxins than it can carry out of the body. So there is a danger of it flooding the nerve-rich connective tissue with metals that were previously stored in 'safe' hiding places. 

This process is called re-toxification and it can be avoided by simultaneously taking an intestinal toxin-absorbing agent such as chlorella and ensuring you are consuming and/or supplementing sufficient dietary fibre. This enables the elimination of the toxic metals in the faeces and prevents re-absorption further down the small intestine in what is known as the enterohepatic or bile loop.  

Cilantro causes the gall bladder to release bile containing the metals and other neurotoxins that have been mobilised, so a counsel of perfection would be to take the cilantro just prior to a meal when the flow of bile is naturally promoted by eating and will be enhanced by the actions of the cilantro. Alternatively, supplementing the cilantro 30 minutes after taking the chlorella means that the chlorella is in place when the gall bladder dumps its cargo into the small intestine. 

Supplementing trace minerals to occupy the vacated mineral binding sites to prevent toxic metals reattaching is also advised and Dr Yoshiaki also incorporated omega 3 oils into his detoxification protocol to rebuild the tissues and prevent microbial re-infection.

Recommended doses are to start gently with just a couple of drops twice a day and build up slowly to 7-10 drops three times a day. It is also suggested that you may want to supplement cilantro for one week on and two weeks off when first introducing it. However, muscle test for your unique and dynamic dosing.

The cilantro can be taken in water or applied directly to the skin. If rubbed into the wrists, the cilantro tincture will aid in mobilising metals from the upper half of the body and if rubbed into the ankles or groin will aid mobilisation in the lower half. The wrists are particularly good sites to apply the tincture because they not only have a dense supply of autonomic nerves, but are crossed by the main lymphatic channels ensuring uptake in both lymph and nerve tissue.

Alternatively or additionally, cilantro tincture can also be used for rapid relief of acute symptoms. 10-15 drops rubbed into painful areas or 10 to 20 drops taken in a cup of hot water will help to relieve symptoms such as headaches, joint pains or angina.  

Do not use cilantro if pregnant or breast-feeding unless under the directions of a knowledgeable professional. A small number of people may also be allergic to coriander.

Of course, you can add cilantro to salads and soups and you can also make a tasty cilantro pesto that you can spread on crackers or toast, add to baked potatoes, stir into soups and pasta or add to fish.

Cilantro pesto

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 cup almonds, cashews, or other nuts
  • 1 cup of packed cilantro leaves 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil combined with flax seed oil (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste


Process the cilantro and oil in a blender until the coriander is chopped, then add the other ingredients and blend to a paste. You can loosen the mixture with a little water or by altering the amount of olive oil and lemon juice, but try to keep the 3 parts oil to 1 part lemon juice ratio. The mixture freezes well, so you can purchase cilantro in season and make enough to last throughout the year.

One to two teaspoons of this pesto daily is reported to aid urinary excretion of mercury, lead and aluminium and broadly represents the quantities used by Dr Yoshiaki to treat his patients. However, take care not to take too much if eating the herb and using the tincture concurrently!


Further resources

For details of the detoxification protocol, please refer to The Natural Recovery Plan book

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Cilantro: Article summary

This article looks at the detoxifying properties of the leaves of the plant variously known as coriander, Chinese parsley or cilantro. Eating the leaves or using a tincture made from the leaves has been shown to be the most potent natural chelator of toxic metals known and to aid removal of mercury, cadmium, aluminium and lead from deep within body compartments and from within the cell. 


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The Natural Recovery Plan Ezine January 2011 Issue 13. Copyright Alison Adams 2011. All rights reserved
Dr Alison Adams Dentist, Naturopath, Author and Online Health Coach

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