Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a species of an asparagus plant and considered as a female tonic. This herb contains various natural anti-oxidants and micronutrients. Shatavari is also known as a plant that has 100 roots. It helps to increase breast milk production naturally.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Monocots
- Order: Asparagales
- Family: Asparagaceae
- Subfamily: Asparagoideae
- Genus: Asparagus
- Species: A. racemosus
- Binomial Name : Asparagus racemosus
- Part Used Medicinally: Tuberous roots
Constituents of Shatavari
The constituents of Shatavari are bioflavonoids, hydrogenates, trace minerals like zinc, selenium, potassium, manganese, cobalt, copper, magnesium and calcium which are essential for our body.
Shatavari has small branches (pine-needle-like phylloclades) that are smooth and shiny green. The minute, white flowers appear in July on small, spiny stems, and it produces fruits (blackish-purple, globular berries) in September. It has an adventitious root system (in which root arise from another organ except root) with tuber roots. The roots are about one meter in length.
(Reference: BhavaPrakashaNighantu, GuduchiyadiVarga, Shloka No. 186-188)
This shloka, explains the qualities of Shatavari herb.
Shatavari is sweet and bitter in taste, thick, has cold potency, rejuvenative property, improves digestive fire, good for eyes, increases sperm count, promotes milk production, provides strength, useful in diarrhea, tumors, cardiac disorders, and inflammation. The flowers are light, balances the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), beneficial in hemorrhoids and tuberculosis.
Uses of Shatavari
Shatavari herb has various beneficial effects on our body.
1. Lowers Blood Glucose Levels
The Shatavari root can be used to treat diabetes. Shatavari stimulates the insulinproduction in pancreas hence it control high blood glucose levels. Shatavari improves the glucose transporter’s activity so that they transport more glucose to muscles and cells and a lesser amount to blood.
2. Improves Digestion
Shatavari is considered as a digestive supporter in the Ayurveda. It is used to treat digestion-related diseases. Shatavari promotes digestion by improving the activity of the digestive enzymes (lipase and amylase).
3. Diarrhea and Dysentery
Shatavari is used as an herbal remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. It may decrease the volume of stools and gastrointestinal motility. It also inhibits the secretion of electrolytes and fluid in the stools. Thus it is very useful in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.
Shatavari may help in the treatment of gastric ulcers by controlling the release of hydrochloric acid.
The saponins in Shatavari root reduces the free-radical that cause skin damage which leads to wrinkles. Shatavari also prevents breakdown of collagen and maintains our skin’s elasticity.
6. Breast Enlargement
Shatavari is an essential herb that improves the development of breast in women.
Shatavari capsules also have an anti-fungal effect. This herb stimulates the production of white blood cells. It also promotes immunity and kills harmful microorganisms.
Is Shatavari Good for Conceiving?
Shatavari increases the chances of conceiving in women. It improves female fertility and male fertility as well.
Shatavari also improves lactation naturally without causing any side effects on the mother and baby. It helps in strengthening the uterus and improves the health of the mother.
Benefits of Shatavari for Boosting Fertility
1. Balance Hormones level
Shatavari helps to restore hormonal balances. The polycystic ovarian syndrome in women interrupts the ovulation and cause hormonal imbalances. Shatavari increases the chances of pregnancy by treating the disease and restoring hormonal balances. Shatavari stimulates the menstrual cycle and improves follicular maturity.
2. Reduces Stress
The hypothalamus, part of the brain which regulates the hormones gets affected by stress. It will lead to the difficulty for women to get pregnant due to hormonal imbalance. Excessive stress sometimes leads to ovarian cysts, adenomyosis, blocking of the uterine tube, etc. Shatavari helps to improve the functions of nervous system and prevents the negative effects of stress.
Stress also causes inflammation to tissues of the reproductive system, which leads to difficulty in conceiving. Shatavari helps to promote the production of white blood cells which is the defensive mechanism of our body thus alleviate inflammation.
3. Enhances Mucus Production
The cervix secretes Cervical mucus which is responsible for fertility by helping sperm to reach the egg easily. The mucilage in Shatavari acts as a tonic and prevents damage to the mucous membrane of the cervix. So, cervix secretes extra amount of mucous which helps sperm to meet the egg. This herb also improves fertility in men by producing healthy seminal fluid.
4. Stimulates Ovulation
Shatavari has a phytochemical (steroidal saponins) which is responsible to improve the production of estrogen, stimulates ovulation, and regulate the menstrual cycle.
5. Reduces Fluid Accumulation in Liver and Kidney
The excess fluid accumulation in the liver and kidney leads to infertility, which interferes with the normal menstrual cycle. Shatavari eliminates this excess fluid from kidney and liver thus regulates the menstrual cycle.
6. Eliminate Toxins from the Body
Excess of toxin in the body makes it difficult for a woman to get pregnant. Shatavari helps to eliminate this excess toxin from the body and make it enable to meet sperm and egg and this increase the chances of conception.
5. Boosts Immune System
The poor immune system can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant and also leads to various health issues. Due to a poor immune system, the reproductive system of women become weak and easily affected by the diseases. Shatavari acts as an immunomodulator and stimulates the proper immune response and increase the chances of conception.
Shatavari Capsules by “Planet Ayurveda”
- Shatavari capsules offered by “Planet Ayurveda” consist of pure extracts of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) herb. This herbal product helps to boost fertility and support the female reproductive system.
- These capsules can be used by males or females, children or elders. Shatavari is also known as a Universal Rasayana (Rejuvenative).
- It is pure formulation free from any artificial colors, chemicals, and preservatives.
- This herbal formulation is 100% safe and has no side effects.
- Dosage : 1-2 Capsules two times daily with water, after meals.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an Expert Ayurveda Consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.