Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus ) Belongs to family Liliaceae and grows throughout Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas. It is a climber which grows up to 2 meters. It is also known by other Sanskrit names Shataveerya, Bahusutha, and Atirasa. Roots of this herb is rich in medicinal properties and are regularly used in preparation of ayurvedic medicines.
Pharmacology of Ayurveda describes this herb as heavy to digest (guru) and it contains more moisture (snigdha). It is sweet and little bitter to taste (madhura rasa and tikta rasa). The sweet taste remains even after digestion (Madhura Vipaka). It is cold in potency (sheeta veerya)
Health Benefits of Shatavari or asparagus
Shatavari mitigates vata and pitta dosha. Hence it is used in diseases which originate due to vitiation of these two doshas.
This herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Hence the oil prepared using this herb is used for body and head massages in conditions like joint pains, weakness of muscles, stress related headaches and body pain.
The ghee preparation of shatavari (shatavaryadi Ghrita) is used in panchakarma treatment. Memory loss, epilepsy, joint pains, arthritis etc are treated using this ghee.
This herb helps to reduce acidity, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. Ayurveda acharyas recommend shatavari to treat high blood pressure, urticaria and skin rashes.
The above said medicinal plant helps to improve heart health. It is very useful in conditions like cystitis and urethritis. (Conditions in which a person experiences difficulty to pass urine)
Text books of Ayurveda Eulogise this herb as “Shukrala”. Shukrala means the one which increases shukra dhatu in men. Increase in shukra dhatu helps in conditions like low sperm count; low sperm motility and less semen volume (check shukra kit).
In women it checks repeated abortions and irregular menstrual bleeding. This also increases quantity of milk in lactating mothers.
This article is written by Dr.Savitha Suri Health Benefits of Shatavari-An Ayurveda View
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