Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

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Detailed description of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and its benefits.

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Main properties of Shatavari

Ayurveda signifies Asparagus racemosus, as an important herb to treat disorders affecting women’s health and classify it as:

  • Medhya: Enhancing intelligence, promoting learning and memory
  • Rasayana: Improving health by increasing immunity, vitality and resistance. It acts as rejuvenator and imparts longevity as well as helps in reducing stress.  
  • Balya: As strength promoter
  • Stanya: As a galactogogue  (induces milk secretion)
  • Jeevaniya- As an erythropoietic

The modern Ayurvedic practices utilizes the roots of herb as antispasmodic, appetizer, stomach tonic, aphrodisiac, galactogogue, astringent, antidiarrheal, anti-dysenteric, laxative, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, anti-tubercular, antiepileptic and night blindness, kidney problems and throat complaints. Shatavari shows the galactogogue effect. It regulates hormonal secretion, which induces milk production in nursing woman. Traditionally, Shatavari tubers are eaten by nursing woman to the production of breast milk. Shatavari rejoices its richness in medicinal properties that has been utilized by the people for centuries. Apart from its major role in inducing lactation, Shatavari has been used for gastric ulcers, and dyspepsia.

Active constituents in Shatavari

Steroidal Saponins (shatvarins), Sarsapogenin. Shatavarin V, Asparinins, Asparosides, Curillins, Curillosides


Use of Shatavari

In Ayurveda, it is recognized as a female tonic benefiting female infertility, increases libido, and cures inflammation of sexual organs. The health benefits of Shatavari are;

  • Tonic for young females: In young females, it helps in increasing the weight of ovaries and enhances folliculogenesis (maturation of follicle ovaries), significantly increases the size of the breast and teats, induces lactation, enhances estrogen level in the body.
  • Menstruation disorder: The presence of active constituents of Shatavari are useful in treating menstrual disorders such as dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, irregular bleeding and menopause. The presence of saponins hinders the oxytocic activity on uterine musculature, which maintain the spontaneous uterine motility and helps in reducing the painful menstruation.
  • Female infertility: Shatavari stimulates hemopoietic function and increases the weight of sex glands. It enhances folliculogenesis, ovulation, womb for conception, and prevents miscarriages. The plant is beneficial in treating female infertility.
  • Menopause: Women encountering the problems during menopause like night sweats and palpitations, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, vaginal dryness, atrophy of cervix and vagina and decreased size of uterus are efficiently treated with Shatavari.
  • Antenatal tonic: Shatavari possesses qualities to enhance the health of baby (both physically and mentally) with good complexion and strength. Thereby, supplementing pregnant woman with Shatavari helps in programming a super baby.
  • Galactogogue: The root extracts of Shatavari acts as galactogogue, which  improves lactation in lactating mothers


Indications or when to use Shatavari

  • Galactogogue
  • Leucorrhoea and menorrhagia  
  • Dysmenorrhea  
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Irregular bleeding 
  • Menopause  
  • Poor reproductive system
  • Anxiety, depression and nervousness
  • Female infertility
  • Low female libido


Contraindication of Shatavari

  • None


When buying Shatavari capsules, look for 100% pure herbal formulation filled with standardised extract. Shatavari capsules serve as female tonic, increases fertility, helps in breast enlargement, milk secretion and gastric problems.

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