What Is Torilis japonica?

What is Torilis japonica - Linden Botanicals

Torilis japonica extract has both antiviral and antibacterial agents that support a healthy immune and inflammation response.


Torilis japonica is a herbaceous plant, usually categorized under the carrot family. Also known as Japanese hedge parsley, the plant contains a range of bioactive ingredients that give it antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activities. Although the plant has only recently begun to gain popularity globally, its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back centuries. Today, it’s used to support treatment of Lyme disease, influenza, and inflammatory conditions.

So what is Torilis japonica? I’ll dig deeper to help you understand the native origin, phytochemical composition, and health benefits of the herb.

Torilis japonica Native Origin

The herb is native to Korea, China, and North Africa. Beyond its medicinal value, Torilis japonica has an aromatic flavor that makes it more palatable. The extract contains more than 30 bioactive ingredients.

It has white flowers arranged in flat clusters or umbels. Outer flowers have a pink tinge. Leaves are compounded into groups of 3’s, 4’s, or 5’s, while stems appear in an erect, branched, and ridged structure. The fruits turn a brown color when ripe, with two seeds that attach easily to any object to enhance their spread.

Torilis japonica Phytochemical Composition

The main bioactive ingredients in Torilis japonica include:

  • Germacrene d
  • Humulene
  • Caryophyllene
  • Nootkatone
  • Caryophyllene oxide

Torilis japonica Health Benefits

In vitro tests on the antimicrobial properties of the herb have been performed against several strains of bacteria and fungi.

Antibacterial Activity

The herb’s antibacterial activity has been shown to be effective against the following bacteria:

  • E. coli
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Staphylococcusaureus
  • Proteus vulgaris
  • Salmonella enteric

The antimicrobial activities of the herb were determined through Agar Well Diffusion.

Although E. coli is naturally found in the intestines, it could result in severe conditions such as diarrhea when ingested through contaminated foods or water. Beyond food poisoning, E. coli can result in urinary tract infections and pneumonia. The toxins released by the bacteria may damage the intestinal lining resulting in more severe conditions. Drinking a tea made from Torilis japonica extract may help to protect the intestinal lining and support the treatment of these types of bacterial infections.

Anti-Fungal Activity

The herb has shown anti-fungal activities against the following fungi:

  • Candida albicans
  • Pichia guilliermondii

Candida albicans also exist naturally in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina. It is one of the most stubborn fungal infections among patients. The fungi can result in several infections, such as urinary yeast infections, genital yeast infections, oral thrush, and mucocutaneous candidiasis. These infections are characterized by irritation at the affected areas, discomfort, abnormal discharge, and a rash. If left untreated, they can worsen into severe diseases that may lead to infertility.

Although anti-fungal drugs such as fluconazole, itraconazole, and terbinafine have been used previously to treat these fungal infections, they have shown adverse side effects. Scientists are now recommending the use of herbs in acute fungal infections.

Torilis japonica also has anti-oxidative properties, and the herb may help relieve oxidative stress.

Torilis Extract and ShieldsUp! Immune Support Kits

“What is Torilis japonica?” is one of the most common questions we received after we launched our proprietary ShieldsUp! Immune Support Kits. Being naturally extracted from the herb, Torilis japonica has no chemical additives. This all-natural extract has the potential to help to keep your body in good health throughout the year.

ShieldsUp! Immune Support Kits contain Torilis japonica, L-lysine, and these four powerful herbal extracts: Rosa rugosa (Rose Hips), Cistus incanus, Phyllanthus niruri, and Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon mushroom). Torilis is a key ingredient due to its antiviral and antibacterial agents that support healthy immune and inflammation response.

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