Asparagus racemosus is a woody climber growing to 1 to 2 meters in height. The leaves are like pine needles, small and uniform and the flowers are white and have small spikes. It is commonly found at low altitudes in shade and in tropical climates throughout India, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Shatavari has more than 50 organic compounds including steroidal saponins, glycosides, alkaloids, polysaccharides, mucilage, racemosol and isoflavones which are responsible for the multiple medicinal properties exhibited by the herb.
Shatavari is mentioned under six important rasayanas in ayurveda. Rasayanas are those plant drugs which promote general well being of an individual by increasing cellular vitality or resistance. This bitter sweet herb is especially used in Ayurveda to correct Pitta dosha imbalance.
It is commonly available in the form of tablets or powder under the name of popular ayurvedic medicine manufacturing brands.
Latest Publications and Research on ShatavariComprehensive metabolic and transcriptomic profiling of various tissues provide insights for saponin biosynthesis in the medicinally important Asparagus racemosus. - Published by PubMed