The plant is salutary both, internally as well as externally. The whole plant, especially, the seeds is used for medicinal purpose. The powdered seeds can be made into an effective poultice for painful and swollen rheumatic joints. It also is valuable in boils, because of their draining and healing properties.
Used internally, Methika tunes up the appetite, improves digestion, eliminates gaseous distention and relieves the heaviness and abdominal pain. The powder of roasted seeds works well with a pinch of salt to mitigate diarrhea. In diarrhea associated with bleeding, the cold infusion of seeds is salubrious. Methika leaves as a cooked vegetable, is a recommended household remedy for fever and swelling. It also aids in controlling the cough. As an adjunct. Methika seeds are daily consumed to get rid of excessive fats in obesity.
A popular traditional recipe methi laddus or balls are prepared by roasting the seeds on slow heat and powdering. To this powder, wheat flour is added and it is together roasted in pure ghee and sugar. This mixture, on cooling slightly is shaped into small round balls. The one ball or laddu, with a cup of milk, makes a nourishing and vitalizing, especially to lactation mothers. This preparation is beneficial in the diseases of vata, general debility and chronic fever with enlarged spleen, also. The milk medicated with Methika seeds is benevolent to augment the breast milk. The seeds are valuable as an aphrodisiac too.
During the last decade, Methika has attracted the scientists all over the world, for its anti – diabetic and hypolipidaemic properties. Number of experimental pharmacological studies and clinical trials have shown Methika to be a potent anti diabetic as well as hypolipidaemic agent, tested with modern parameters