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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Satapuspa  
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English: Dill  
Botanical: Anethum graveolens, Peucedanum graveolens  
Hindi: Sowa  
Telugu: Satakuppivittulu  
Common names:  Sabbasige, Satakuppa, Dill Seed, Dilly, Garden Dill, surva
Family name: Umbelliferae  

2. Parts used:

  • Seeds
  • Leaves

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Mathura.
  • Vipaka: Katu.

4. Uses:


  • It is used in pickling.
  • Sauces for fish and soups.
  • It is also used on cakes and breads.
  • It adds a nice flavour to dishes.


  • It is caminative, stomachic and slightly stimulant.
  • It also relives digestive problems.
  • It stops hiccups.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sookshamapatra: The plant with small leaves.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Vataghna: Balances Vata dosha.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu,Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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