If Shatavari in Sanskrit means “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, then one can imagine its power over the female reproductive system.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a climbing shrub. Its roots are used for medicines purposes. With the main constituents like saponins, alkaloids, proteins, quercitin, rutin and hyperoside, an isoflavone and tannins, Shatavari has special gifts to support female hormonal balance, fertility and vitality. Aptly called the Indian Asparagus, this herb is not only a rejuvenative for women but also a cleanser, antispasmodic, tonic, antacid and diuretic. It is a natural Ayurvedic remedy for many health issues.

Health Benefits of Shatavari for Women

Shatavari contains phyto estrogens, the precursors of estrogen and, thus is a herb dear to women.

  • Nourishes the female reproductive system
  • Plays an important role in balancing the hormones.
  • Is beneficial in hirsutism.
  • Treats leucorrhea
  • Increases the libido
  • Regulates PMS related symptoms like bloating, cramps, fluid retention and so on
  • Tones the breast muscles and the uterus
  • Controls blood loss during menstruation and regulates ovulation
  • Prepares the womb for conception and reduced the chance of miscarriage
  • Being a galactagogue, it promotes lactation in women. It is often used to increased breast milk supply in feeding mothers.
  • In menopausal women, it relieves hot flashes and other problems.

Common Medicinal Uses of Shatavari

  • A natural coolant, it regulates Pitta Dosha.
  • It also counteracts the negative effects of stress.
  • It helps as an anti aging herb and an immuno booster.
  • It can help to increase the White Blood Cell count.

Side Effects of Shatavari

Shatavari is not without side effects. Most of it is overlooked as only a minority experience them. However, it is best to use any herb after discussing with your doctor.

  • Shatavari is notorious for weight gain.
  • Some may have allergic reaction to this herb.
  • Shatavari is not ideal for those with medical conditions like kidney disease or heart disease.
  • Women with estrogen induced conditions should not use Shatavari.

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-Aparna K.V.
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