Garden cress, known as chandrashoor, and the seeds, known as halloo in India, are commonly used in the system of Ayurveda to prevent postnatal complications.
Garden cress seeds, since ancient times, have been used in local traditional medicine of India.Seeds have been shown to reduce the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function in asthmatics. The seeds have been reported as possessing a hypoglycaemic property in rats and the seed mucilage is used as a substitute for gum arabic and tragacanth.
It has been well known since vedic times as the different Sanskrit names of Lepidium sativum,as mentioned in old literature, include -ashalika, bhadra.,chandrashura.
Seeds are sown in the plains from September to February and on the hills, from March to September. They are sown thick and covered until germination begins.