Shatavari or Asparagus racemosus is a popular herb aptly called the “Female Health Formula”. Asparagus racemosus is the most commonly used Asparagus species in ayurveda and indigenous medicine in India.
The plant is called shatawar in Hindi and in Sanskrit this plant is called shatavari which means ‘able to have one hundred husbands’. In Ayurveda this amazing herb is known as the “queen of herbs” because it promotes love and positive emotions and is very useful in strengthening the reproductive system of women. It is also a very important herb for women’s overall health and vitality.
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.
- Kumar, S. et al. “USE OF SHATAVARI (ASPARAGUS RACEMOSUS) AS A GALACTOPOIETIC AND THERAPEUTIC HERB- A REVIEW” Agric. Rev., 29 (2) : 132 - 138, 2008
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