Anethum sowa Roxb

Anethum sowa Roxb.

Botanical Name:           Anethum sowa Roxb.Anethum sowa Roxb.

Kindom:                        Plantae

Order:                           Apiales

Family:                         Apiaceae/Umbellifarae

Genus:                          Anethum

Local Name:                  Soya

Sindhi Name:                 Sowa

English Name:               Dill

Part Used:                     Seeds and leaves


AnethumsowaRoxb. is an annual herb and about 1m high.Stems are hollow and grooved with striated dark and lighter green shade. Leaves are bluish-green, pinnate, and compound that cut into filiform segments.Flowers are yellow and present in umbel form. Fruit is winged1.


A. sowais distributed to Eastern Europe, west Asia, and Mediterranean basin. In Pakistan, it grows throughout Sindh.

Ethnomedicinal uses in Skin Diseases


ButeamonospermaLam. (Butea Gum) and AnethumsowaRoxb. (Soya) is soaked in water overnight, this water is used as face wash for the treatment of acne in District Tando Mohammad Khan (Sindh).

Chemical Constituents

Herbs and roots of A. sowacontain vitamin C, polyene, β-sitosterol, umbelliferone,stigmasterol, scopoletin, myristicin, and coumarin. Dried fruits contain fatty oil. Seeds contain essential oil containing flavonoids, β-sitosterolglucoside, and carvone2. Other chemical constituents isolated from plant are apiol, o-cymene, exo-2-hydroxycineol, limonene, α-thujene, and β-phellandrene3.

Chemical Structure: 

Anethum sowa

Medicinal Uses and Pharmacology/Scientific Studies

A. sowais act as carminative and digestive. It is helpful in the treatment of gastrointestinal tract infections, kidney and urinary tract infections, internal spasm, cold, cough, flu, and menstrual disorder. It is used for reducing the swelling of stomach in children and gastric problems of alimentary canal4,5. It is important ingredient used in gripe water and recommended for colic pain and flatulence in babies and young children. Seeds are chewed for controlling bad breaths. It is also used by lactating mother for increasing milk flow. It is used as preservative because of ability of inhibiting bacterias. Essential oil is act as repellent6.

Phytochemical analysis of A. sowahave indicated the presence of saponins, flavonoids, and steroid, which is attributed for antioxidant, antiamylase, cytotoxic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic,aphrodisiac,cardioprotective, antihyperlipidaemic, antihypercholesterolaemic, andanticonvulsant activities7,8,9.


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