Herb of the Month
Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus
Family Name :
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a climbing plant which grows
in low forest areas throughout India.
The name "Shatavari" translates to "a woman who possesses 100 husbands", referring to the
Shatavar rejuvenation effect in female reproductive organs.
A much branched spinus under-shrub with tuberous, short
rootstock bearing numerous fusiform, succulent roots.
Shatavari has been mentioned in Ayurvedic texts like the Charak
Samhita and Susruta Samhita, and Astanga Samgraha. In the
Kashyap Samhita, has evidently stated that shatavari promotes
maternal health and noted its meticulous use as a galactagogue
(enhances breast milk secretion in lactating mothers). Shatavari
actually literally means "having a 100 spouses" and
ayurvedic texts accurately claim that shatavari strengthens a
woman to the point where she is being capable of producing
thousands of healthy ova.
Ayurveda has called Shatavari the Queen of herbs and is the
primary herb recommended for female health. Among the three
Ayurveda Doshas of 'Vata', 'Pitta' and 'Kapha' , Shatavari
efficiently helps in balancing 'Pitta Dosha'. Shatavari's rasas
are sweet "madhura" and also in nature bitter
"tikta". It is a natural coolant.
Part Used: Roots
Indication for taking Shatavari :
Shatavari helps in treating for these disorder
- Irregularities in ovulation
- PMS symptoms such as those excessive bleeding, cramps,
- Menopausal and other post menopausal symptoms
- Reduced breast milk secretion in the nursing women
- Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Leucorrhea and pelvic
- Decrease in the libido
Healing power and curative properties:
The healing qualities of Asparagus racemosus are useful to a
wide array of ailments. The plant has been used in Ayurveda for
various conditions. Its main use has been as a galactagogue to
increase milk secretion during lactation. One of the well-known
major therapeutic potential of Asparagus racemosus is its
beneficial effect on the female reproductive system.
Female diseases & lactation:
Shatavari is well known for its effects on the female
reproductive system & to increase milk secretion in a
lactating woman. Being a rejuvenating herb, it's restorative
action is beneficial in woman's regular complaints. It can be used for
hormonal system of women, regulating
menstruation, improving lactation, decreasing
morning sickness, infertility, menopause, leucorrhoea,
inflammation of sexual organs and general sexual debility.
Shatavari is exceedingly effective in improving
fertility. It tones and nourishes female reproductive organs and
greatly regulates ovulation. Shatavari treats PMS symptoms just
by relieving pain and controlling blood loss.
Shatavari relieves the menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
By producing estrogens it overly makes up for low estrogen
levels in women who are in menopausal or have had hysterectomies
The male reproductive system will also benefit from Shatavari.
Shatavari may be used in cases of sexual debility, impotence,
Spermatorrhoea, and inflammation of Sexual organs.
Shatavari increases the white blood count and almost stimulates
macrophages which helps to combat candida.
Dyspepsia (Amla Pitta):
The powdered dried root of Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) is
used in Ayurveda for dyspepsia (Amla Pitta or acid
Asparagus racemosus is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for
prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers.
However, Shatavari is also effective in a number of other
systems of the body and is therefore of use to both men and
women. This cooling and bitter herb is also known for it's
anti-inflammatory qualities and may be used in infections such
as cystitis and dysentery. Shatavari's mild diuretic action
addresses the need in bladder infections, an antacid and
demulcent. Satavari is effective in ulcers and hyperacidity and
its cooling action works on chronic fevers, rheumatism, inflamed
membranes of the lungs, Stomach, Kidneys and Sexual organs. It
also used as a nervine tonic.
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