SHATAVARI- FOR MEN AND WOMEN
A tuberous climber with straight or hooked spines, Shatavari is one of great rejuvenative herbs used in Ayurveda, the world’s oldest healing system. It is also known as Asparagus racemosus, or the Indian Asparagus. Its tubers are white, radish shaped, and found in clusters, and its branches are modified into a leafy structure. In fact, the entire plant has a feathery appearance.
Health benefits- for woman
Shatavari is truly Ayurveda’s gift to women. It nourishes and cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs, enhancing female fertility. It also nourishes the womb and ovum and helps to prepare the female organs for pregnancy, as well as to prevent threatened miscarriage. Shatavari contains phyto-estrogens, the precursors of estrogen, that are really very useful for women who suffer from low natural estrogen levels as a result of menopause, hysterectomies or oophorectomies. For menstruating women Shatavari helps to regulate monthly cycles and ovulation. It is used to soothe PMS cramps, bloating, and irritability. It is also high in Folic Acid and so it helps to prevent anemia.
Shatavari literally means “having 100 spouses”! According to Ayurveda, Shatavari strengthens a woman to the point where she is being capable of producing thousands of healthy ova. Dry membranes, such as those on the vaginal wall, are also brought into balance through the herbs action. Shatavari alleviates morning sickness during pregnancy, and is effective after childbirth in cleaning out the uterus. Ayurvedic texts state that shatavari promotes maternal health too, and its meticulous use enhances breast milk in lactating mothers. Pre-menopausal women can take it to cool annoying hot flashes and mood swings. Even post menopausal women and those who have had hysterectomies greatly benefit from Shatavari’s rich source of phyto-estrogens, and the herb will lubricate and moisten the dry reproductive tissues as we age.
Men also benefit from Shatavari, especially in the treatment of impotence and general sexual debility, as it is an aphrodisiac and it increases the libido.
Shatavari is also quite effective for stomach ulcers, hyperacidity and diarrhea. Dry and irritated membranes in the upper respiratory tract are soothed by this herb making it useful in cases of bronchitis and chronic fevers. Known as an adaptogenic herb, Shatavari minimizes the negative effects of stress on the nervous system. This herb is good for anyone under pressure, helping the body and mind to cope with challenges.