By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Shatavari is a very useful, safe and much researched Ayurvedic herb. It is a coolant, tonic, aphrodisiac and also improves lactation.
Common name – wild asparagus, Indian Asparagus
Botanical name – Asparagus racemosus.
Shatavari is used in Ayurveda to balance pitta and vata dosha. So excess intake may provoke Kapha dosha.
It can be found in the tropical areas of Asia, India, Australia, and African countries. The tender leaves and flowers are so beautiful that many plant this herb in their garden without being aware that it has tremendous health benefits!
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The steroidal saponins of the plant are commonly known as shatavarins.
Flavonoids such as quercetin and rutin are also resent in Shatavari fruits and flowers
The scientists have evaluaterd Immunomodulatory activity, Anti-ulcerogenic effect, Antioxidant activity, Anti-cancer effect, Anti-diabetic properties, Anti-inflammatory effect, Antidiarrheal nature, Antimicrobial action of this amazing herbs.
It is also useful in depression and low libido of both men and women.
It is a known Adaptogenic effect and an excellent anti oxidant.
Effective Shatavari remedies:
1. Shatavari medicated milk in breast feeding mothers:
1 or 2 fresh or dry roots of asparagus is added to a cup of milk and it is cooked for 5 – 10 minutes. Filtered. It is given to the new mothers, early in the morning to improve breast milk production.
Even in cattle, this practice is found where the veterinary doctors advice to administer raw Shatavari to the cattle.
2. Shatavari root powder remedy for fatigue, lethargy, loss of libido:
3-5 gram of root powder of Shatavari is administered along with powdered sugar candy, twice a day. This relieves work exhaustion, numbness, neuritis, fatigue, lethargy, loss of libido etc.
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3. Root powder with honey in recurrent urinary tract infections:
5 gram of the powder of Shatavari if consumed regularly during night time recurrent UTI, spermaturia, haematuria and backache are cured successfully.
4. Asparagus cold infusion in burning urination and bleeding from urethra:
Fresh asparagus is cut into small pieces and soaked in water or else the 5-10 gram powder is added to 300 ml water and kept for a while. This is macerated and filtered.
This is given to the individuals, suffering from burning urination and bleeding from urethra. Good health benefits are assured in such conditions.
5. Shatavari- Ashwagandha remedy to improve sperm count:
Fine powder of equal quantity of Shatavari, Ashwagandha and Kapikacchu are taken and mixed together. This is taken in the dose of 3-5 grams of else this is cooked with a cup of milk for 5 minutes, filtered and consumed.
This promotes sexual libido and increases the sperm count too.
6. Shatavari and pippali powder to improve weight:
This is a simple and effective practice of North Karnataka. Equal quantity of Shatavari and Pippali powder is taken and mixed well. This is taken in a dose of 3-5 gram during night or early in the morning along with Banana juice/ Banana milkshake. Good weight gain is observed if this is carried for 30-40 days.
Classical Ayurveda prescribes hundreds of formulations derived form Shatavari. It has several indications also. Among over the couter sold products of Ayurveda, Shatavari powder takes a major proportion as it is safe, efficacious and has wider utility.Also the well appreciated rejuvenation benefit of this drug makes it to acceprt by people at large.
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