Shatavari 100g

23.00

In Ayurveda, Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus, has been used for centuries to support the reproductive system, particularly for females, and as a support for the digestive system, especially in cases of excess pitta. Shatavari translates as “having one hundred roots” and also referred to as meaning “having one hundred husbands”. This name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenative tonic for the female reproductive system. This support is not only for the young woman, but also for women in their middle and elder years, to help them gracefully transition through the natural phases of life, including menopause. Shatavari is also beneficial for men due to its cooling properties.

Description

In Ayurveda, Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus, has been used for centuries to support the reproductive system, particularly for females, and as a support for the digestive system, especially in cases of excess pitta. Shatavari translates as “having one hundred roots” and also referred to as meaning “having one hundred husbands”. This name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenative tonic for the female reproductive system. This support is not only for the young woman, but also for women in their middle and elder years, to help them gracefully transition through the natural phases of life, including menopause. Shatavari is also beneficial for men due to its cooling properties.

Benefits of Shatavari

Shatavari is very nourishing to the body and is traditionally used to support a number of systems and functions in the body.

  • Female reproductive system
  • Breast milk production
  • Balance female hormones
  • Male reproductive system
  • Soothing effect on the digestive tract
  • Healthy peristalsis of bowels
  • Moisturising support of the respiratory tract
  • Promotes healthy energy levels and strength
  • Supports the immune system
  • Natural antioxidant properties

Shatavari and Ayurveda: Traditional Uses

Shatavari is used in Ayurveda to balance pitta and vata, but can increase kapha due to its heavy nature.  Its bitter and sweet taste has a cooling effect on the system, and its unctuous (oily), building nature makes it a great support for anyone looking for a nourishing, grounding effect. These combined qualities classify it among the Rasayana herbs in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is rejuvenate to the reproductive system (particularly female), the digestive system (particularly when pitta is involved), and for the blood.

How to Use Shatavari

In Ayurveda, Shatavari is prescribed in the powder form of herbs because tasting the herb starts the digestive process and sends signals to the body to initiate the body’s own supportive mechanisms. Shatavari powder is traditionally taken mixed in a glass of warm milk, with jaggery and digestive spices (ginger, cardamom and cinnamon)  if desired. It combines well with Ashwagandha, liquorice and Bala as a wonderful rejuvenate tonic.

Side Effects

Shatavari is well tolerated in traditional use, and no significant adverse effects have been reported.

Contraindications

Shatavari, as part of the asparagus family, should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to asparagus. Some say that asparagus can have a diuretic effect, and therefore, shatavari should be used with caution in people taking diuretic drugs.5 From an Ayurvedic perspective, one should avoid shatavari in cases of excess kapha, congestion and ama. In the West, as the exact role of phytoestrogens is still unknown, people with estrogen sensitivities, including estrogen sensitive tumors, are advised to use caution with foods and herbs containing phytoestrogens, which would include shatavari.8, 9 Always consult your health care practitioner if you have questions related to your particular condition.