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Lepidium Sativum Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Lepidium Sativum
Glycemic Index / Load
Garden Cress
Botanical Name
Lepidium Sativum
Hindi Name
Halim, Chandrashoor, Asalu
Chinese Name
Xa Lach Son
Homeopathic Name
Lepidium Sativum   -   Mother Tincture

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Parts Used

Root, Leave, Seeds

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Lepidium Sativum

Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.
Not recommended to those suffering from Hypothyroidism. As the herb may restrict Iodine absorption and thus, it may worsen the condition of Hypothyroid patients.
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Lepidium Sativum is a plant.
It is annual.
It grows up to 40 Cm.
Its root is Long and White in color.
It grows in temperate and tropical climates.
It blooms by the end of June and seed are ripe in July.
Best used for Asthma and Coughs.

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Materia Medica for Lepidium Sativum

Lepidium Sativum General

Lepidium Sativum is Antiasthmatic in nature, therefore, it provides natural breathing during Asthma and cures it.
It has the ability to improve the appetite in Anorexia patient.
It effectively expels tapeworms from the body.
It advantageously inhibits the oxidation.
It provides relief from Hiccups.
It protects the body from Skin Diseases.
It is Stimulant in nature which increases the stamina. It also stimulates the body and brain functions. Thus, it is used to treat Brain Disorders.
The seeds are optimal to counter Gout.
It treats Diarrhea.
It has Analgesic properties which potentially relieves from Pain.
It mitigates Cough.
Lepidium Sativum has Antibacterial attribute which protects the body from Bacterial Infection.
The Antidiabetic attribute is essential to lower the Blood sugar levels and to cure Diabetes.
It heals the Inflamed area of the body and inhibits the Inflammation.
Due to Antihypertensive property, it is prescribed to treat High blood Pressure.
It is widely used to cure the symptoms of Scurvy.
It is considered as an effective remedy to cure Constipation.
It has Diuretic action which flushes out the toxins from the body.
It effectively purifies and removes the impurities from the Blood.
It avoids the risk of Abdominal Diseases.
Lepidium Sativum removes Bad Breath of the mouth.
The Digestive effect of this herb in the body keeps Digestive Disorders at bay.
It has the ability to increase the flow of urine and expelling the toxins, salt, and water from the body. Thus, it hinders Urinary Problems.
The Emmenagogue attribute stimulates and normalizes the menstruation flow to prevent Menstrual Disorders. Often, it is a good remedy to stop Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.
It boosts up the Immune System and protects the body from getting sick.
It is Hepatoprotective in nature, which prevents Liver Damage. It improves the Liver function and avoids the risk of Liver Diseases.
It relieves from the Inflammation of the joints and treats Arthritis.
It is potent to reduce the weight and provides relief from Obesity.
The Galactagogue effect of this herb within the body promotes the milk flow after pregnancy. Thus, it prevents from the experience of Breast Milk Insufficiency.
The seeds are effective in fixing the Fractures and repairing the Bones.
The herb also has an Ophthalmic attribute. This makes it a good cure for curing Eye Diseases.
It easily reduces Blemishes of the Skin.
It completely removes and reduces Dandruff.
The leaves of Lepidium Sativum work as an Antidote against Snake Bite.
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Lepidium Sativum for Inflammation

Massage using Lepidium Sativum seed Oil over inflammed areas.

Lepidium Sativum for Fracture

Take 5 g Lepidium Sativum seeds with lukewarm water. It helps in fast healing of Fracture.
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Rajakumari Karunakaran.
26 Jul 2015
All the information about LipidiumSativum is very useful to us.
In Siddha medicine it's tamil name is Aali virai.
Herbpathy Research Team
27 Jul 2015
Dear Rajakumari Karunakaran

Ali Virai is a name of Flaxseed. If you need any kind of information about other Herbs then please let us know.

Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
02 Jul 2017
Is this also called alsi ??
15 Jan 2016
Is there any side effects of asario
21 Jan 2016
Is it safe to use it for autistic children specially who is on gluten free diet.
Herbpathy Research Team
22 Jan 2016
Dear Eman
We hope that you are aware of the fact that Autistic children should be given a diet free of Casein and Gluten, since the patients are not able to fully break down these nutrients. Casein, found in all milk and dairy products. Gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye, and also oats. Will you please mention, if the child you are talking about, is Autistic by birth. Because the cause may be any of the following-- Heredity
Auto immune Disorder
Environmental Toxins.
Also please specify the child's Estrogen level. We need to know it.

However, Herbs which are effective to cure Autism are are -
Ginger, Ginkgo, Astragalus Root decoction of Astragalus can be prepared and taken twice a day for 20 days.
Ginger tea should be taken daily, for a month
Ginkgo Biloba capsules are readily available in the market. Take one capsule, once a day, for a month. Regards,
Herbpathy Research Team
( Make Life Healthy )
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
03 Dec 2017
Daljit Singh ( Uttarakhand )
10 Jun 2016
According to BHAVPRAKASH NIGHANTU page 40, lepidium sativum is used for increasing the height of the body. If so,how is it to be used.Pl. let me know.
29 Aug 2016
The height of a person increase upto a certain age only. And that too depends on the gender. For girls- Till puberty. It is almost impossible for a girl to increase her height once her periods start. Boys- 24 maximum. Natural ways of increasing height are-
Swimming, Hanging on the rod and take diet rich in Calcium.
RK Khatri
22 Sep 2016
Yes true. Keep 1 or tea spoon seeds in water at night then eat them in the morning. Drink milk after eating it. Continue upto 2 months atleast. Height will increase like amitabh bachchan.
18 Aug 2016
how much is useful, soaking in warm water with sativium lipidum powder for knee pain? I want to know more
29 Aug 2016
The herb is not quite effective for knee pain--- You may try Boswellia capsules, a highly effective cure for knee pain. One capsule everyday. My mom has been using it for the last 2 months and she feels no pain in her knees now. And Are you suffering from Arthritis ? Or any other joint disorder, you may share.
Sana Mohammed
30 Jan 2019
Hi mom she is suffering from arthritis . This herb helps in relieving the pain. What is the best method to use this herb. Thank You
Magid ( Sudan )
29 Aug 2016
Is it helpful for. Walking drs dicarded lyme but say inflammation of muscles and nerves my vitamin d was low 23 only i am using vitamins
25 Sep 2016
Is it helpful for arthtitis ?
Dr Rohit Sharma
04 Jan 2018
yes it is helpful. you can use it in arthitis
26 Sep 2016
Yes it is helpful. But is not very effective. You may try Night Jasmine. Chew 3 to 4 leaves early morning. Why we recommend to prepare a decoction is because the leaves are realy bitter.If you do not like the taste, Prepare a decoction of the herb by boiling 3-4 leaves in water. Drink it daily on an empty stomach for an effective result. Or, You may consume the powder of stem bark with water twice a day for your arm or any joint pains.
Vasudev Dass Yogi ( Italy )
29 Sep 2016
This herb is mainly analgesic and antinfiammatory for external use.
For internal carminative, diuretic and mildly alterative.
But it is also strenghtening, nutrient, afrodisiac/rejuvenative/emmenagogue, improving lactation.
But for you what are the three basically actions of this herb?
Carminative, diuretic and alterative? (Or anti-infiammatory? Or emmenagogue?)
I need to know for personal studies and combination of medicinal plants.
Thank you.
30 Sep 2016
Namaste Vasudev. The detailed explanation of the actions have been explained on the ACTION page of this website.
As, you have mentioned that you wish to know about the action for your studies, We suggest you must go through that page. It will be of great help. Please CLICK ON THE ACTION BUTTON given on the homepage. Once you do it, write the name of the action that you wish to study. The desired page will be opened. If you have any doubts or queries, you are always welcome to write back to us. Thank You.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Muskaan ( India )
16 Feb 2017
Is halim seeds and flax seeds not good for hypothyroidism??
17 Feb 2017
Garden cress is not the herb for Thyroid Problems. In fact, it may cause Hypothyroidism. It prevents iodine absorption in the thyroid gland. It may even cause enlargement of Thyroid gland. As far as Flax is concerned, this herb is good for those suffering from Hypothyroidism.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
06 Jul 2020
my syster had hyperthoyrodism and she stared to take traditional madicine that has high combination of Garden Cress for the purpose of other sikness. after taking the madicin for one moths, her thyroid gland has enlarged and she had a surgury to avioid it. This could be due to Garden Cress and Hypertyrodism,
Nitin mahor ( India/M.P )
17 Feb 2017
ye height increase karne me bhi help karta hai kya.
Hsr ( India rajasthan )
02 May 2017
its gluten free . celiac use it
and h payri pst
Mahmoud ( Egypt )
04 Jun 2017
how can i consume lepidium sativum seeds (hab ElRashad (arabic pronounciation )
in order to help withe gout or pone problems ?
Dharmesh ( Delhi )
06 Sep 2017
By which age can the heights increase? (in boys ) Through Lepidium Sativum
Angelina ( United States/Michigan )
02 Oct 2017
What cures hair loss described as alopecia areata?
29 Nov 2017
Can anyone tell me please how to use hab rashad for asthma?
Seeds? Powder? Raw? Boiled? Cooked/combined w/ what?
17 Feb 2018
Lactare granules 200 g contais 2
g of lepidium sativum seeds so can hypothyroid lactating mother drink lactare granules? anyone help plz??
22 Feb 2018
Not safe for lactating mothers.
Furqan Khan ( Pakistan )
10 May 2018
Cress seeds are cold or hot in nature?
Jyoti ( Karnataka )
18 Aug 2018
Sir, any remedy for shingles...Pl suggest
Maleeha ( Pakistan )
09 Sep 2018
For asthama and diabetes seeds can be used or just fresh herb ... infact can you please tell me for all those problems can we use seeds as fresh herb isnt available
MAsim ( Pakistan )
16 Nov 2018
Is lepedium savatim can be taken when some one suffering from prostatitis. Is it safe in prostatitis.
Rashida ( Uae..dubai )
11 Feb 2020
How to use lepidium sativum for dandruff
13 Feb 2020
Hello Rashida Garden cress seeds are used to treat dandruff, but that's not an effective cure. There are multiple things that you can be used as Yogurt, Coconut milk, Castor oil, Lemon, Tomato, Fenugreek. I suggest you visit the Dandruff page in this website. There are a number of solutions to this. You can follow a method that suits you.
I hope it ll help you.
06 Jul 2020
in what form is best to use Lepidium Sativaum for the purpose of building imuine system?
07 Jul 2020
Well, It is good for boosting immunity. It can be taken in any form available to you. You can try other Immunity boosters as well, Wheatgrass, Turmeric, Garlic, Indian Gooseberry. These are easily available as well. Follow these in your daily routine. Check for Immunity Booster herbs under the Action section on this website.
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