Flixweed seeds (D. Sophia) is known as a medical herb in eastern tradtional medicine. It is considered as a safe and mild laxative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-helmetic herbal medicine. Interestingly, about 15 amino acids, 10 fatty acids, flavonoids and phenolic constituents have been isolated from D. Sophia seeds. Recent studies also shown that flixweed seeds are used to prevent constipation and its cardiotonic effects are applied for cancers due to its cytotoxic activities. In Chinese medicine, it is well-known to relieve the cough and reduce edema.
Iran J Pediatr. 2015 Apr; 25(2)