In traditional medicine system, it is used for the treatment of impaired digestion, colic and digestive troubles. The plant has been mentioned in ancient Ayurveda as Shatpushpa. The paste of this plant in combination with milk, castor seeds and flax seeds can be used for joint swellings and rheumatic arthritis.
The seeds of this plant are widely used in the form of a spice while the leaves are used as condiment for seasoning and flavoring different types of foods.
Sathakuppai has a massive nutritional content of vitamins, minerals and organic compounds. Monoterpenes like limonene, carvone and anaethofuran are found in abundance. It also has a good store of flavonoids like vicenin and kaempferol. Vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, iron and manganese are also present in this herb.
Medicinal Properties of Sathakuppai
Sathakuppai is a herb that is packed with some of the best and the most effective medicinal properties. It helps in healing a number of health problems and they are as follows:
- Cardio depressant
- Digestive, blood pressure lowering
- Breast milk stimulating
Health Benefits of Sathakuppai
1. Healing Power And Curative Properties
Sathakuppai leaves are stimulant. They are useful in increasing secretion and discharge of urine and in counteracting spasmodic disorders. They are a soothing medicine and help improve the functioning of the stomach.
2. Diarrhea And Dysentery
Sathakuppai seeds yield a very powerful carminative oil. When these are sauted in ghee with fenugreek seeds in equal numbers, they will serve a specific medicine for diarrhea and acute bacillary dysentery. For optimum results, roasted seeds are powdered and mixed with curd or buttermilk.
3. Bad Breath
Sathakuppai seeds are highly useful in curing bad breath. The seeds are chewed for this purpose.
4. Respiratory Disorders
Sathakuppai seeds are effective in respiratory disorders like colds, influenza and bronchitis. About 60 grams of infusion of the seeds mixed with honey should be taken thrice daily in such disorders.
5. Menstrual Disorders
Sathakuppai is useful in stimulating and regulating menstrual flow. It is effective in spasmodic menstrual pain in young girls and absence of menstruation due to anemia, exposure to cold and pregnancy. About 60 grams of a decoction of the fresh leaves, mixed with a teaspoon of parsley juice, can be taken thrice daily in the treatment of the .above disorders.
6. Digestive Disorders
Eating cooked Sathakuppai regularly aids digestion and prevents constipation. The herb is specially useful for children. One or two teaspoons of decoction of the fresh leaves given, mixed with each baby feed-will prevent digestive disorders in babies and help them sleep well.
Sathakuppai oil, obtained by the distillation of the seeds, is also an effective medicine for hyperacidity, flatulent colic, hiccup and diarrheas’ due to indigestion. A drop of Sathakuppai oil, mixed in a teaspoon of honey, should be licked immediately after meals.
Similarly, if a drop of it is administered with castor oil to young children it may prevent griping pain in the abdomen and increase purgative action by relaxing the intestines.
7. Boils And Swellings
A paste of fresh Sathakuppai leaves can be applied as a poultice to ripen blood boils. Its application with a little turmeric powder (haldi) prevents any formation of pus in ulcers and heals them quickly. Leaves boiled in sesame (til) oil makes an excellent liniment for reducing swelling and pain of the joints.
Precautions: Sathakuppai leaves are slightly pungent, aromatic and bitter in taste. They should, therefore, be taken only in combination with other mild tasting leafy vegetables.
8. Pregnancy and Lactation
Sathakuppai is of great value to pregnant women and nursing mothers. Its regular use after childbirth increases the quantum of breast milk. It prevents any early ovulation thereby establishing as an effective birth control device.
Uses of Sathakuppai
Sathakuppai helps prevent bugs. This makes it a must have product at home. It can be used to store grains over a period of time and the harmful effects of chemical based poisonous insecticides can also be reduced.
This attribute makes it good for preventing and fighting hair lice too. Extracts of the it’s seed are used for this purpose. Apart from this it is a very common ingredient as a flavoring herb in various cuisines of the world.
Side Effects of Sathakuppai
Sathakuppai does not have a bad reputation in terms of side effects and allergies. There are very few recorder cases of allergy from Sathakuppai. Those people who were allergic to Sathakuppai developed dermatitis and that too when they had handled a large quantity of living plants under ultra violet light.