Shatavari / Asparagus
Properties /Uses : Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus, is a climbing plant which grows in low jungles areas throughout India.
As per Ayurvedic texts, this sweet and bitter herb is particularly balancing to Pitta Dosha. In India, Shatavari is considered the women's equivalent to Ashwagandha. In the Australian sub-continetnt, the herb is more often used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and as an external wash for wounds. It is also effective in a number of other systems of the body and is therefore of use to both men and women.
The main source of extracts are its Roots (Rhizomes) and some times the leaves.
It is often referred to as the most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine for women. Used internally for infertility, loss of libido, threatened miscarriage, menopausal problems. It both nourishes and cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs. It is a good food for menopause or for those who have had hysterectomies, as it supplies many female hormones. It nourishes the ovum and increases fertility. This herb is known to increase positivity and healing power.
The extracts are also used in formulations that are targeting the male reproductive system as it is said to be helpful in cases of sexual debility, impotence, spermatorrhea, and inflammation of sexual organs.
Shatavari is also useful for hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, dysentery, and bronchial infections.