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SHATAVARI (Asparagus racemosus):- The herb with Shat (Hundred) Guna (activities)

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In this pollution filled world, people are prone to lots of diseases. Few of the major issue nowadays is vitality and reproductive problems. For last few years these problems have been increasing. Do you also face same kind of problems? Here is the answer to your questions related to vitality and reproductive problem-SHATAVARI. Beside this there are certain health problems which are troublesome in our day to day life like gastric problems, immunity problem etc. The ancient Ayurveda has one of the numerous solutions-Shatavari.

Shatavari holds the botanical name Asparagus racemosus. Also known as Indian asparagus and found in places like India, Africa, Asia, Southern china etc., this herb is known to enhance Sattva (the healing power) inside the body. It increases Ojas, which is the essence responsible for immunity and is also the fundamental support of the reproductive function, says Ayurvedic SAGE Charaka in his medicinal scriptures.

Shatavari’s importance

“Shatavari” has been used since many years in Ayurveda and is believed to have enormous potential in it. Few are listed as below:

  • Enhances vitality
  • Act as women’s tonic for menstruation regulation
  • Enhances fertility and libido in females and male-an aphrodisiac
  • Maintains breast milk production
  • Eases digestive problems
  • Has anti-stress properties
  • Natural antioxidant
  • Helps nervous disorders
  • Relieves menopausal symptoms
  • Supports liver function

Enhances vitality:

Studies show that Shatavari extract plays a vital role in stimulating immune cells and assists in both physical digestion and mental state. It helps to enhance stamina, energy and endurance levels, particularly in women. It also helps boost immunity, energy levels and alleviate fatigue.

Act as women’s tonic for menstruation regulation:

Estrogen regulation is believed to be done by the major constituent (steroidal-saponins) present in shatavari. The estrogen modulation may contribute to menstrual cycle regulation. This modulation helps to manage PMS symptoms, regulate menstrual cycles, control the amount of blood lost and alleviate menstrual cramps. Shatavari is greatly helpful with the uncomfortable bloating often suffered before a period and also helps with fluid retention. It also targets the nerves and alleviates symptoms of abdominal cramping, headaches, emotional irritability etc.

Enhances fertility and libido in females and male- (an Aphrodisiac):

Women having fertility issues due to stress or immune-mediated problems can be treated by this versatile herb, because shatavari helps to maintain proper immunological function. It has a unique ability to enhance female fertility by cooling the uterus and vaginal inflammation, making it ideal for women who are planning to give birth later in life.

Shatavari works as an aphrodisiac for women by bringing all the symptoms of women's sexual health and hormones into balance. Hence, it also enhances female libido (sex drive), reduces inflammation of sexual organs, promotes ovulation and moistens dry tissues of sexual organs. Thus, Shatavari is very beneficial for female infertility. It also prepares the womb for conception and also prevents female miscarriages.

Though shatavari has estrogenic activities, it is not seen in all. Hence, shatavari can be used by men also. In men studies show that when shatavari is combined with Ashwagandha, it becomes an excellent aphrodisiac. It has been shown to enhance spermatogenesis in men, a larger percentage of healthy sperm may be seen and providing higher sperm counts. It also promotes the size, strength and stiffness of the penis and can treat impotence and sexual debilitation.

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  • Maintains breast milk production:

    Shatavari promotes production of two vital hormones, namely prolactin and corticoids. These hormones are responsible for successful breastfeeding. Shatavari has a lactogenic effect because of the important components present in it called Steroidal Saponins. Hence, it’s supplement is highly recommended by most of paediatricians in the world.
  • Eases digestive problems:

    Shatavari has been used historically as a medicine for proper digestion. It aids digestion by increasing the activity of digestive enzymes amylase and lipase. Lipase aids fat digestion whereas amylase helps with the digestion of carbohydrates. It is also responsible for balancing the stomach acids. It also promotes gastric emptying and also help with the treatment and management of gastric ulcers.
  • Has anti-stress properties:

    Flavonoids, polyphenols, and saponins present in Shatavari are responsible for the release of stress. They enhance the production of hormones that make one feel calm and happy and alleviates the production of stress hormones.
  • Natural antioxidant:

    The antioxidants in Shatavari makes it more beneficial. Research shows that Shatavari increases the antioxidant enzymes and alleviates free radical damage hence act as antioxidant.
  • Helps nervous disorders:

    It is a good nervine tonic and is helpful in the treatment of epilepsy, schizophrenia and some other neurological disorders.
  • Relieves menopausal symptoms:

    Shatavari helps during Menopause to balance the hormones, and relieve related emotional as well as physical symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Have you ever felt irritated without any reason? This is also one of the menopausal symptoms. Consuming Shatavari can make you improve your emotions.
  • Supports liver function:

    It also promotes liver function. It does so by inhibiting many lipid peroxides that are formed by degradation of lipids in the liver. Liver undergoes enormous stress as it copes up with external toxins, drugs and new food material. Shatavari keeps all these in check by its wonderful saponins.
  • Ayurveda is the way of life and cautions that everything which can be medicinal at appropriate doses can act as poison in higher doses. Hence, following precautions should be observed for Shatavari administration.

PRECAUTIONS :

  • Before consuming shatavari one must consult his/her doctor.
  • Hypersentivity to shatavari must be checked.
  • Shatavari must not be used if you have any heart disorder, kidney problems etc.

Market research on Asparagus (Techavio report: www.technavio.com 2018-2022) observed some key points about Asparagus:

  • There was rising demand of Organic Asparagus across the globe
  • EMEA contributed to 43% of the total market of Asparagus
  • The growth of Asparagus market was estimated at CAGR of 3% over 2018 to 2022 period

Author: Sonali Pradhan, Dr. Lokesh Pathak

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