'Shatapushpam' or the 'anethum sowa' is known to have great medicinal and healing properties which play a pivotal role in the postpartum care for women. Special 'lehyam' (medicinal preparation), using traditional recipe, is prepared to restore the health of the new mothers. Satapushpam, in local dialects is also called 'sathakuppa' or 'chatoopa.' Here is how you could make the sathakuppa lehyam at home.
It helps ovulation in women.
This lehyam is consumed as part of the post delivery routine. It helps in strengthening the uterus and making the woman healthier after giving birth.
It cleanses the uterine tract.
More than a medicine consumed during the post delivery period, it actually helps condition the uterus for next pregnancy.
Sathakuppa lehyam can ease the menstrual cramps. Usually water boiled with sathakuppa is used for this. Add a bit of palm jaggery as well while boiling the sathakuppa water. It helps in easing the gastric troubles that are common during this time.
(Information courtesy: Dr R Bhagavathy Ammal,Superintendent at Seetharam Ayurveda Specialty Hospital, Veliyannur)