Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus is one of the leading foods used in ayurvedic medicine today. It’s an herb with great properties and benefits -especially for women- as you will see down below.
Ayurvedic medicine seeks to balance body, mind, and spirit through elements present in nature, not always known by many people.
What is Shatavari?
Shatavari, scientifically known as Asparagus racemosus, is a medicinal plant native to India.
Thanks to its great benefits for the female reproductive system, it is recognized as an ideal herb for women. Furthermore, it also has healing qualities for the digestive system, making it ideal for everyone.
What is Shatavari used for?
Shatavari is directly related to the female reproductive system because its properties help harmonize and regulate its functioning. It is for this reason that it has been recognized as a plant for women par excellence.
This “ayurvedic herb” is rejuvenating, used by many women of different ages. It contributes to the assimilation of female cycles more easily, including menopause, menstrual cramps, absence of menstruation or amenorrhea, and other imbalances of the reproductive system.
For this reason, many men also resort to this Ayurvedic herb, as it allows them to balance their elevated Pitta by contributing to both calm and soothe the internal temperature and soften the elevated temperament of the fire element.
Shatavari benefits and properties
Since ancient times, Shatavari has been recognized for its great properties and benefits. This wonderful herb harbors great properties that we will mention below:
Shatavari for Women
- Shatavari allows the strengthening of the female reproductive system, which greatly promotes fertility
- Another quality related to the female reproductive system has to do with the regulation of the menstrual cycle making it more stable
- On the other hand, it allows the restoration and balance of female hormones that have reached fluctuating levels due to menstrual or menopausal processes. This allows it to alleviate premenstrual and menopausal symptoms in women
- Also, in women, the beneficial effects of Shatavari during pregnancy are significant since strengthening the female reproductive system helps greatly during this period
- The post-natal stage also has positive effects as it increases women’s health who have just conceived. And if that were not enough, it generates a greater amount of estrogen in the mammary glands and thereby regulates and increases the production of breast milk in nursing mothers
Shatavari for Men
- The properties of this plant for both men and women are also very diverse, among them highlights its effect on the digestive system
- It provides gastrointestinal protection and anti-ulcerogenic qualities, in addition to helping the body against heartburn and colitis by calming the digestive system against these conditions
- Moreover, this plant has a great contribution to the body in general by strengthening it, which prevents future diseases
- Shatavari also has rejuvenating qualities in the body, so its consumption is always recommended for a healthy and revitalized body
- Finally, it is imperative to mention the diuretic effect of Shatavari as it allows expelling toxins from the body through urine
Other Uses of Asparagus Racemosus
Although the most frequent uses were those mentioned above, Shatavari also has a variety of other uses that should also be considered:
- Aids in healing uterine bleeding and endometriosis
- It protects the liver from general threats, including tumors
- It also prevents the generation of tumors in women in the breast and reproductive system
- Strengthens the immune system
- It has antioxidant effects
- Activates metabolism
- It has been evidenced that it has effects on people’s mood, which suggests that it has anti-stress properties
- It helps to fight bronchitis, eliminates coughs, tonsillitis, and other throat affections
- It has anti-infectious properties for bacteria and viruses
- Promotes healing of ulcers and dyspepsia
- It is beneficial for people who have diabetes, as it helps regulate insulin
- It protects both the cardiovascular system and the nervous system
How to consume Shatavari (dosage)?
The consumption of Shatavari and its dosage will depend on the specific case that each person has. The first step is to identify your needs and purpose.
Then it is advisable to consult a specialized doctor or an Ayurvedic therapist before starting the consumption to entrust these specialists with the dosage indicated for each person and specific case.
Most frequent forms of consumption
Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus is usually found in capsules, tablets, or powder (churna).
The latter is the most recommended in Ayurvedic medicine because it allows direct contact with the herb and activates the body’s mechanisms more quickly to provide faster support.
It is suggested to consume it in the morning hours; the dosage will vary depending on your needs and goals.
Although, as we indicated, you must first consult a specialist and follow his indications, some of the most common forms of consumption are the following:
- ½ teaspoon of Shavatari powder is taken and dissolved in a glass of warm milk or water
- Shatavari tablets are more convenient. These are also usually taken, followed by warm milk or warm water
You can find both tablets and capsules. However, many specialists recommend tablets because they keep a slight herbal taste.
If your tasting senses perceive this flavor, the body will know what is being consumed and accelerate its assimilation.
Besides being mild and sweet, Shatavari is an herb with certain “wisdom,” potent in its action.
It guides women in their processes from the beginning of the cycle to the very end. It is carried with greater understanding, assimilation, respect, and appreciation of all their feminine potential.
Shatavari restores your sexual appetite
As we said before, this herb regulates female sex hormones and even helps to control hormonal cycles avoiding the lack of sexual desire.
In Sanskrit, it means “she who has hundreds of husbands,” which is not irony. The ability of Shatavari to stimulate sexual desire in women is well known in India.
In fact, the infusion of this herb has been part of the remedies recommended by the philosophy of Ayurveda for centuries; and now, thanks to a group of scientists from the Asian country, it has also made the leap to medicine thanks to its role as a hormone regulator.
Its main function is to allow a real sexual desire in those moments when the appetite disappears, especially during certain phases of menstruation or menopause.
A word from an expert…
But it goes beyond that. As explained by Dr. Ajay Kumar Pandey, from Banaras Hindu University (renowned for its biotechnology research), Shatavari infusions also benefit as far as the impact of stress is concerned.
In a study that came out last summer, Pandey highlighted the power of this herb to mitigate menstrual pain (especially in the ovaries) as a regulator of body and hormonal stress and even opened the door to its development as a mitigator of infertility problems.
“It is one of the best known herbal teas thanks to Ayurveda, and yet one of the least studied. We already knew of its power as a sexual stimulator, but its power as a hormonal regulator goes much further,” the professor says.
We hope you’ve found this article useful. If you have any doubts, remember always to consult your doctor.
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