The toothed seed pod contains the distinctive tiny (1 to 2 mm long) black, 3-sided seeds, that are the plant parts used for medicinal purposes. They are normally used as a flavoring on cakes bread, curries and pickles. It has been used for gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory problems. The seeds are aromatic, acrid, carminative and febrifuge. It has been used for skin diseases, jaundice, fever, paralysis, diarrhoea and cough. Oil is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and boils and is used topically to treat cold symptoms. Used in case of bronchial asthma and bronchitis, rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases.