All about Shatavari: The beneficial Herb
Shatavari, Asparagus Racemosus, is a climbing plant commonly found in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Himalayas. As it is a very useful plant it is always in demand. But now it is considered as endangered due to its destructive harvesting. Here we discuss all about Shatavari benefits in menopause, powder dosage for female fertility, use of Shatavari Kalpa during pregnancy and its side effects.
The word ‘Shatawari’ means cured of hundred diseases. In Ayurveda, it is said to be powerful for prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and for curing nervous disorders. It is believed to be very effective on female reproductive system.
Ayurveda has called Shatavari as queen of herbs and has been recommended for the health of female. Among the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, Shatavari helps in balancing pitta Dosha.
Races of Shatavari is sweet and it is a natural coolant. It’sTikta is bitter.
Which parts of the plant are used?
Shatavari is a climbing plan and mainly its roots are used for medicinal purposes. However, leaves of the plants are also used.
Properties of Shatavari
Properties of Shatavari are as follows:
Indications of Shatavari
Shatavari is believed to be the best herb for female. It can balance pH in the cervical area. It is used for controlling and preventing infertility, menopause, decreased libido, miscarriages and much more. It is useful for balancing body fluid. It can also bring balance to the dry walls of vaginal walls. It is also effective in treating hyperacidity, diarrhea and stomach ulcers.
Shatavari is also beneficial in the treatment of impotence and general sexual debility.
Benefits of Shatavari
Shatavari is a very beneficial herb. Some of its benefits are mentioned below:
- It acts as menstrual regulator
- It is helpful in bringing balance to female menstrual cycle. Its tonic helps in reducing symptoms of emotional irritability, headaches, and abdominal cramping. It is also effective in treating menorrhagia and dysmenorrhoea.
- It is a fertility enhancer
- Shatavari cools the uterus and vaginal inflammation and thereby, increases the female fertility. This makes it ideal for women who choose to give birth later in life.
- Works as reproductive toner
- Shatavari in youth promotes menstruation, in adulthood it increases fertility and prevents miscarriages, in motherhood it increases lactation and during menopause, it cools inflammation. Hence, it is beneficial in all stages of life.
- It is Aphrodisiac
- It increases sperm counts in men and increases sexual arousal.
- It helps in maintaining hormonal balance in women.
- It helps in the normal function of digestive system and immune system.
- It is helpful in promoting healthy energy levels and strength.
- It has known to have anti-depressant.
- Reduces formation of kidney stone.
Traditional uses of Shatavari
In Ayurveda, Shatavari is useful to balance Pitta and Vatta. But at the same time, it is believed to increase Kapha due to its heavy nature. Due to its oily nature, Shatavari has the nourishing and grounding effect on the body. It is a uterine tonic.Shatavari is best for the reproductive and digestive system and blood.
Side effects of Shatavari
- There are possible chances of gaining weight on taking Shatavari.
- People having kidney disorders and heart problems should not take it.
- It can cause the pulmonary allergic reaction and/or skin reactions in some people.
How can we use Shatavari
Shatavari can be taken in the form of powder, tablet or liquid. Ayurveda believes that consuming powder form is best. Shatavari can be taken with milk and sugar or honey. Shatavari can be added with ghee.
If a person is more comfortable in taking tablets or liquid form he can opt for them too.
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