SHATAVARI, Asparagus racemosus


Latin name:                           Asparagus racemosus

English name:                      Wild asparagus

Sanskrit name: Shatavari, Abhiru

Indian name: Satavar, Satimuli

Medicinal parts used: Roots

Shatavari is found in the Indian forests, the roots of which are of high medicinal value. The roots are used in Ayurvedic medicine, following a regimen of processing and drying. It is used as an anodyne, aphrodisiac and galactogogue.

Shatavari is considered to be the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating female tonic for overall health and vitality. The reputed adaptogenic effects of Shatavari may be attributed to its concentrations of saponins, known as Shatavarins. In Sanskrit, Shatavari means “she who possesses a hundred husbands.”

It is an armed, climbing shrub with woody erected stems and recurved or rarely straight spines, young stems very delicate, brittle and smooth. It is common throughout India and the Himalayas. It prefers to take root in gravelly, rocky soils, high up in piedmont plains (1,300 – 1,400 meters elev.).

Therapeutic use:

  • Shatavari has been found beneficial in treating convalescence, cancer (is used to strengthen the patient after chemotherapy), cough, diarrhoea, dehydration, dysentery, chronic fever, bronchitis, hyperacidity, herpes, impotence, infertility, AIDS, lung abscess, muscle spasms, menopause, rheumatism, stiffness of joints, and stomach ulcers.
  • The herb is also used for increasing lactation in nursing mothers, and helps in blood purification, treating hormonal imbalances in women and nourishes the ovum.
  • The ayurvedic herb is also used in treating gastrointestinal disorders and is used in cleaning up and healing wounds.
  • Shatavari is also well known due to its rejuvenative properties and is useful in treating infertility and is in other words called “hundred husbands”. It is considered as an important ayurvedic medicine for women.
  • Shatavari is a diuretic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and a nutritive tonic.

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