Shatavari - queen of herbs


Shatavari is also known as Asparagus Racemosus. It is translated as having “one hundred roots” or as having “one hundred husbands” implying its ability to increase fertility and vitality.

Shathavari Queen of herbs
Shathavari Queen of herbs

The roots of the plants are used for medicinal purpose in Ayurveda. It is known as ‘Queen of herbs” since it was traditionally used as a rejuvenating tonic for women in her childbearing age.

Of late the use of this amazing herb has found in treating multiple health problems owing to its calming properties, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  

In this article we will be discussing the health benefits of using Shatavari herb.

Ayurvedic Actions

Rasa (Taste)Bitter, sweet
Virya (Energy)Cooling
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Sweet
Guna (Quality)Unctuous, Heavy
Doshic EffectBalances VP; K+
Main tissues involvedBenefits all 7 tissues
Main channels involvedDigestive system, female reproductive system, respiratory system
IndicationsSexual debility, infertility, menopause, hot flashes, estrogen deficiency, impotence, menstrual irregularities, lactation deficiency, hyper acidity, stomach ulcer, diarrhea, dehydration, cough, sore throat, chronic fever, colitis, Crohn's disease, inflammation in the GI tract, rejuvenation therapy

For women’s health

  • Shatavari helps to increase the lactation in women with inadequate milk supply.
  • Increases libido
  • Cures inflammation of sexual organs
  • Helps to prevent vaginal dryness and balances vaginal pH.
  • Its main constituent is saponins which works as estrogen regulator in a women’s body that helps to manage the menstrual cycles and PMS issues.
  • Works as an aphrodisiac for women.
  • It relaxes the central nervous system and decreases hot flushes and night sweats which is common during menopause.
  • Shatavari is known to be Garbha-sthapak (maintains pregnancy), useful in preventing abortions (1).
  • It is Garbha-poshak (nutrition to fetus) too, and having anabolic action useful for the growing fetus and pregnant lady
  • Beneficial for anxiety issues

For Digestive problems

  • Oral administration of powdered dry root of shatavari has been known to improve gastric emptying in healthy volunteers.
  • Research has found that this herb improves the digestion by increasing the activity of digestive enzymes, amylase (for carbohydrate digestion) and lipase (for fat digestion).
  • It also helps in the treatment and management of peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (2)

Other health benefits

  • Improves immunity - Shatavari root has a component called ‘sapogenin’ which is a potent immune stimulator (3)
  • Immunoadjuvant potential - in a study done to find the efficacy of a vaccine on adding shatavari, showed improved immunological response to fight against the infection causing agents (4)
  • Antioxidant activity - due to its high antioxidant activity, the herb has been found to aid in anti-aging by preventing free radical damage to the skin.
  • Help to treat depression - A 2009 study on rodents found the antioxidants in shatavari have strong antidepressant abilities. They also impacted neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • Prevents kidney stones - roots have been known to prevent the formation of kidney stones by increasing the levels of magnesium in the urine.  Adequate levels of magnesium have been known to prevent stones.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor)

  • Dosage - Shatavari powder - 2-4 gms three times a day
  • Capsules - 2 capsules thrice a day
  • Kalpa - 1 spoon with milk / water
  • Ghrutam - 1 teaspoon 2 times a day twice a day.

Efficacy and Safety

Apart from being used as a galactogogue, Shatavari herb has numerous benefits as discussed above. Its efficacy has been researched and proven that it is indeed ‘queen of herbs’ with its usage to treat multiple health issues(4). There has been no known side effects seen on taking shatavari in the recommended dosages.

References:

1 http://www.wjpps.com/download/article/1461994113.pdf

2 http://ijapc.com/vol2-second-issue/2.pdf

3 Steroids. 2011 Mar;76(4):358-64. doi: 10.1016/j.steroids.2010.12.006. Epub 2010 Dec 21.

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4027291/

 


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