Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus ) is recommended in ayurveda to increase lactation in new mother. It is also a herb of choice while treating male and female infertility.
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Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus ) has vearious health benefits for men and women. It is widely used in various ayurvedic preparations which are used to treat health condition of men and women
This herb belongs to family Liliaceae and grows throughout Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas. It is a climber which grows up to 2 meters. It is also known by other Sanskrit names Shataveerya (It is highly potent) , Bahusutha (It nourishes many children by promoting lactation) , and Atirasa. Roots of this herb are rich in medicinal properties and are regularly used in preparation of ayurvedic medicines.
It has various names in Indian languages.
In Hindi Satavare
English – buttermilk root, climbing asparagus, wild asparagus,
kannada – Halavu Makkala Tayi Beru
Tamil Name- Sadavare,
Marathi & Gujrathi Name- Satavari
Assamese name : satomul
Bengali name – : satamuli,
Gujarati name – : shatavari
Punjabi: chhotta kelu,
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Shatavari
Health benefits and uses of shatavari are explained as follows in texts of ayurveda
Pharmacology of Ayurveda describes this herb as heavy to digest (guru) and it contains more moisture (snigdha). It is sweet and little bitter to taste (madhura rasa and tikta rasa). The sweet taste remains even after digestion (Madhura Vipaka). It is cold in potency (sheeta veerya).
The following health benefits of shatavari have been reviewed at US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Search database (2)
Shatavari for Erectile Dysfunction and Male infertility
Shatavari is eulogised as “Vrushya (aphrodisiac)” by ayurveda acharyas. It is a vajikarana herb which helps to strengthen shukra dhatu in men and is the best ayurvedic treatment for erectile dysfunction. It also boost fertility in men and it is recommended for ayurvedic treatment for male infertility. This herb is commonly used in ayurvedic Vajikarana Therapy.
Text books of Ayurveda Eulogise this herb as “Shukrala”. Shukrala means the one which increases shukra dhatu in men. Increase in shukra dhatu helps in conditions like low sperm count; low sperm motility and less ejaculate volume . Shatavari is best ayurvedic indian medicne to increase sperm count and motility .
This herb is praised as “Retodoshahara” which means , it purifies unhealthy semen and makes it healthy. It improves sperm quality, quantity and motility.
Shatavari for Female infertility, Breast milk increase and breast size enhancement.
Ayurveda scholars recommend to use this herb in female infertility. It improve health of uterus and ovaries. Hence it has been appreciated as (garbhaprada) . It is used in ayurvedic medicines and treatment for PCOS or PCOD. In women it checks repeated abortions and irregular menstrual bleeding.
It is also praised as “Stanyada” as it increases breast milk in lactating mothers. Almost all ayurvedic preparations used for breast milk increase contain this herb as major ingredient. It also helps and supports involution of uterus and in normalising bleeding after delivery . Since ancient times it is highly recommended for lactating mothers as it increases volume of breast milk and also improves nutritive aspect of breast milk.
This herb also helps to increase breast size.
According to a research findings (1)
“Evaluation of the galactogogue action of the roots of Asparagus racemosus Willd. during clinical trial on lactating mothers having symptoms of deficient lactation exhibits significant galactogogue activity in comparison with the control group without any significant acute toxicity effect. A probable reason for this galactogogue effect could be the presence of steroidal saponins in this plant. This drug has been scientifically validated for its galactogogue activity by using the modern parameters such as the prolactin hormone which is biochemically responsible for the lactation and also other associated symptoms. The overall research findings corroborate and validate the galactogogue activity of the research drug, which has been traditionally ascribed to it in the ancient text Charak Samhita.”
Shatavari for Rejuvenation, Weight Gain and Immunity Boosting
This herb has been admired as “Ayushya, Vaya Sthapani and Rasayanavara” since it helps in rejuvenation. It acts as anti ageing herb and boosts immunity. Shatavari is generally used in many ayurvedic immunity boosting medicines like chyavanprash. This herb is used along with amla (indian gooseberry), ashwagandha , Raisins and Grapes in ayurvedic medicines for immunity boosting
It is recommended to strengthen respiratory system in persons who are suffering from tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis, chest injury and lung infections. ( Kshataksheenahara , Kshayajit ). It can be administered with triphala (amalaki, haritaki and vibhitaki) to improve health of respiratory system.
Roots of this herb are nourishing and helps to improve strength and healthy body weight. Hence it is recommended in Brumhana therapy or ayurvedic weight gain treatment. Usually this herb is processed with ghee, jaggery , ashwagandha and bala (sida cordifolia) to increase healthy body weight.
Shatavari as Brain tonic and memory booster
Shatavari is honoured as “Medhya” which means the herb which improves memory, concentration and intelligence. It is recommended to use with yashtimadhu (licorice), mandooka parni (gotu kola), milk and ghee. It is the best ayurvedic memory and concentration booster
Along with memory boosting it also helps to enhance health of eyes, hence it is praised as Chakshushya (good for eyes and useful in diseases of eye)
Other Health Benefits of Satavari.
This herb has anti-inflammatory (shophajit) properties. Hence the oil prepared using this herb is used for body and head massages in conditions like joint pains, weakness of muscles (mamsa dhatu), stress related headaches and body pain.
The above said medicinal plant helps to improve heart health. It is very useful in conditions like cystitis and urethritis. (Conditions in which a person experiences difficulty to pass urine)
It is praised as “asrajit” which means it helps to win diseases which arise from imbalance of rakta dhatu (blood).
It is also useful in diseases which occur due to imbalance of rakta and pitta. Bleeding from nose, increased vaginal bleeding during menstruation, bleeding from rectum etc.
Ayurveda acharyas recommend this in abdominal tumours and diarrhoea
Author –Dr.Savitha Suri
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