What is Shatavari?
The name for the plant Asparagus racemosus in Sanskrit is Shatavari. It has been in use for the different kinds of medicinal purposes in Ayurveda and ancient medicine.
How is Shatavari popular in medicine?
The importance of Shatavari is mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts like the Charak Samhita, Astanga Samgraha and Susruta Samhita. Another text, Kashyap Samhita clearly indicates that this plant was used for promoting health in women and for milk secretion in new mothers. Shatavari is called as the “Queen of herbs” in Ayurveda.
How is Sahatavari beneficial to people?
Their medicinal property help in balancing the hormones, nourishes and purifies the organs of the reproductive system thus improving the fertility. It contains phyto-estrogens which are found to benefit women suffering from low estrogen levels as a result of oophorectomies, hysterectomies and menopause. It also nourishes the ovum and womb and supports the formation of fetus in the womb. The estrogen levels decreases with age in women and may result in early menopause. It contains triterpene saponins which help in the natural production of estrogen in the body thus maintaining good health in women.
It relieves pain, hot flashes and controls loss of blood during menstruation (strongly recommended as the master herb for all kinds of menstrual problems), helps in production of breast milk for nursing mothers, aids in normal functioning of digestive and immune system, improves libido, prevents miscarriages and used as a post partum tonic.
It helps women to have successful and healthy pregnancies by nourishing the reproductive organs and preparing them for conception. It has been shown to stimulate in the production of macrophages which destroy foreign organisms and cancer cells. It is recommended to promote healthy female reproductive organs and their functions.
It is made up of alkaloids, proteins, tannins and saponins. It contains sufficient amount of zinc, calcium, B-complex vitamins and satisfies the requirements of a well-balanced diet.