Perilla is an herb. The leaf and seed are used to make medicine.

Perilla is used for treating asthma. It is also used for nausea, sunstroke, inducing sweating, and to reduce muscle spasms.

In foods, perilla is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, perilla seed oil is used commercially in the production of varnishes, dyes, and inks.

How it works

Perilla contains chemicals that might decrease swelling and affect other chemicals that cause asthma symptoms.


Not Proven
Seasonal allergies (hayfever)

Early research suggests that taking 50 mg/day or 200 mg/day of perilla extract by mouth for 3 weeks decreases symptoms of seasonal allergies.


Early research suggests that using perilla seed oil might improve lung function in people with asthma.

Canker sores

Early research suggests that cooking with perilla seed oil for 8 months might decrease the average monthly occurrence of canker sores in people with recurrent canker sores. The effect appears to be similar to cooking with soybean oil.

Causing sweating
Relieving spasms
Other conditions


Possibly safe

Perilla is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 8 months. When put on the skin, perilla can cause an allergic skin reaction and rash.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking perilla if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Perilla.


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The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.