13 Oct Herb of the Month – Shatavari
Shatavari – the mother of all herbs
Shatavari is the Ayurvedic name for the widely prized Asparagus racemosis – known as the ‘Queen’ or ‘Mother’ of herbs for its reputation in balancing women’s hormones and supercharging the female reproductive system, in particular.
The name literally means “she who has hundreds of husbands” referring to it’s effects as an aphrodisiac but more importantly to the hundreds of therapeutic benefits associated with this herb. These include improved constitutional strength and immune system protection, memory, youthfulness, heart health, longevity and reproductive health for both men and women. It is also a cooling herb that helps with gastric ulcers, dyspepsia, fever, inflammation of the digestive lining, hyperacidity and other disorders with a signature of excess heat in the body.
Sub Family: Asparagoideae
Species: A. racemosis
Common Uses & Herbal Preparations for Shatavari
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosis) has been documented since Vedic times particularly as an aphrodisiac and fertility herb. The fresh juice of the plants roots are commonly used in a variety of therapeutic formulae for sexual debility, to help with lactation, and to treat symptoms of diarrhoea, diabetes, gastric ulcers and jaundice. Juice of the whole plant can also be used for urinary conditions and to treat other conditions relating to fever and excess heat.
Mucilaginous, anti-diarrhetic, refrigerant, diuretic, anti-dysenteric, nutritive, tonic, demulcent, galactagogue, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, antacid, stomachic, emetic.
Steroidal saponins (shatvarins), carbohydrates – polysacharides and mucilage, phytoestrogen flavanoids – glycosides of quercitin, rutin and hyperoside are present in flower and fruits, sitosterol. Trace minerals of zine, manganese, copper, cobalt, calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium.
Therapeutic Herbal Blends
Herbal preparations are many and varied. Shatavari is featured in the Charaka Samhita (the primary Ayurvedic herbal medicine text). Ayurveda’s complex herbal formulas have remained the same since they were first developed. Those containing shatavari include: Brahma Rasayana, Mahanarayana Taila, Shatavari Guda, Puga Khanda, Shatavari Ghrta, Ashwagandharishta, Narasimha Churna, Amalaka ghrta, aphrodisiac ghee, and Sastika Gutika.