Shatavari

Botanical Name : Asparagus racemosus

English/Common Name: Asparagus

Ayurvedic Name : Shatavari

Parts used : Root

Family : Liliaceae

Origin, Distribution and Composition

Asparagus racemosus, is a climbing plant which grows in low forest areas throughout India.

A much branched spinus under-shrub with tuberous, short rootstock bearing numerous fusiform, succulent roots.

The major constituents of Asparagus plant are Shatavarins I-IV,  Sistosterol, Asparagamine.



Healing Properties of Shatavari

It is actually considered to be the most helpful herb for women as it helps in balancing the female hormonal system. It is the main herbal rejuvenative for women.

It totally nourishes and cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs, enhancing female fertility. It nourishes the womb and ovum and almost prepares the female organs for pregnancy and prevents threatened miscarriage.

It also improves super lactation. The herb contains the phyto-estrogens, the precursors of estrogen and is really very useful for women who suffer from low natural estrogen levels as a result of menopause, hysterectomies or oophorectomies.

Ayurveda has called Shatavari the Queen of herbs and is the primary herb recommended for female health. Among the three Ayurvedic Doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, it efficiently helps in balancing Pitta Dosha.

The list of different illnesses and conditions, cured by the use of the herb is indeed impressive.

Infertility.

Irregularities in ovulation.

PMS symptoms such as those excessive bleeding, cramps, pain, bloating.

Menopausal and other post menopausal symptoms.

Improves lactation in the nursing women.

It increases the white blood count and almost stimulates macrophages which helps to combat candida.

Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Leucorrhea and pelvic inflammatory but this may, on the other hand, aggravate a woman whose fibrocystic breasts are sensitive to estrogen.

The male reproductive system will also benefit from it. It may be used in cases of sexual debility, impotence, Spermatorrhea, and inflammation of Sexual organs.

However, the herb 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.

It's mild diuretic action addresses the need in bladder infections, an antacid and demulcent.

It is also effective in ulcers and hyperacidity and its cooling action works on chronic fevers, rheumatism, inflamed membranes of the lungs, Stomach, Kidneys and Sexual organs and is used as an Antidiarrhetic.

It's fluid protecting powers may be applied when there is dehydration.

This tonic herb is life supporting of satvic in its nature. It also aids in the formation of ojas, the most subtle, refined essence of life. This in turn brings about a greater flow of consciousness into our physiology.

Caution

According to Ayurveda, herbs are taken in combination with other herbs to neutralize the toxicity of one herb with the opposing effect of the other or to enhance the particular effect of one herb with the help of other.



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