Plant Family: Liliaceae
Shatavari has different names in the different Indian languages, such as shatuli, vrishya and other terms. In Nepal it is called kurilo. The name “shatawari” means “curer of a hundred diseases” (shat: “hundred”; vari: “curer”).
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), otherwise known as “woman with a hundred husbands”. Shatavari is good for eliminating stress and building Ojas (vitality, prana). It is extremely good for women as it helps with PMS, infertility, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy and lactation.
It increases the quantity and quality of breast milk. It further helps with any female related issues, such as menopause or post-hysterectomy recovery. Shatavari will help with any inflamed area, will rebuild the tissues, and will PH balance the cervix. It also has a rejuvenative effect on the female reproductive system. Men need not abstain, as Shatavari also increases male fertility.
Shatavari is primarily good for strength and vitality as it is rejuvenative and balancing, especially for pitta and vata (it’s not good in excess for kapha doshas). Shatavari decreases body heat and cleanses the blood. It will help with all pitta-related disorders such as ulcers, acid-reflux, inflammation, indigestion.
Shatavari, or Asparagus racemosus, has been used for centuries in Ayurveda as an aid for the reproductive system, particularly for females, and as a support for the digestive system, especially in cases of excess pitta. Translated as “having one hundred roots” and also referred to as meaning “having one hundred husbands”, Shatavari’s name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenative tonic for the female reproductive system. This support is not only for the young woman, but also for the middle aged and elder lady, to help a woman gracefully transition through the natural phases of life, including menopause.
Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and as a galactogogue.
A. racemosus has also been used by some Ayurvedic practitioners for nervous disorders.
A few recent reports demonstrated some additional beneficial effects of this herb including antihepatotoxic, immunomodulatory, immunoadjuvant and antilithiatic effects.
The healing qualities of Shatavari are useful to a wide array of ailments. It is well known for its effects on the female reproductive system. Being a rejuvenating herb, it’s restorative action is beneficial in woman’s complaints.
Steroidal saponins & glycosides (shatavarin, sarasapogenin, diosgenin), isoflavones, mucilage, alkaloids, asparagamine, sistosterol.
Herb Parts used:
Root, rhizomes and stem.
Usually prepared as an infusion or a tincture. The fresh root is usually candied, it can also be made into preserves to give it a sugary sweet flavor.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Source2: Banyan Botanical
Source3: Mountain rose herbs