What you need to know about Shatavari…
Shatavari is one of the most sought-after medicinal herbs used in the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. Found throughout India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Himalayas, it belongs to the asparagus family but it’s not the asparagus we’re used to eating; it’s a different species whose technical name is “Asparagus Racemosus”.
For centuries, practitioners of Ayurveda have used the leaves and dried roots of this wonderful plant for a number of healing purposes. It’s thought to be both a general tonic and a female reproductive tonic. In fact, translated, its name means “100 spouses” since most believe it increases fertility and vitality and use it as a main rejuvenative tonic for females.
More about Shatavari:
Web MD points out that it has been used for upset stomach, diarrhea, ulcers and intestinal issues, fluid retention, pain, anxiety, cancer, bronchitis, tuberculosis, dementia and diabetes, and to promote women’s health. The article points out that while it needs more information, both test tube and animal research show that Shatavari contains antioxidant and antibacterial properties that may support the immune system. The article also highlights its potential use in treating diabetes as test tube research has shown that shatavari can stimulate insulin secretion.
This NIH-published article from July, 2018 shows the possible beneficial effects of shatavari for supporting female reproductive health. The article notes that shatavari is frequently recommended in Ayurveda to treat health issues specific to women, but its actions are not well-understood. The authors suggest that it may support female hormonal balance, polycystic ovarian syndrome and fertility problems due to its ability to reduce oxidative stress while increasing antioxidant activity in the body.
This in-depth NIH published study shows that shatavari supports the immune system by enhancing cells that help destroy cancer and other destructive organisms. It also shows how it can help females with:
- hot flashes
- mood swings
- fertility issues
- breast milk production
The study goes on to show shatavari’s potential in treating:
- digestive issues
- chemical and physical stressors
- pathogenic bacteria
- uterine problems
- the nervous system
- and so much more.
The Journal of Endocrinology points out that shatavari has been reported to reduce blood sugar levels in animals and that studies show that it has a stimulating effect on insulin and may therefore be useful in treating diabetes.
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