Shatavari “100 Husbands”
Latin: Asparagus Racemosus, Indian Asparagus Root
Vata? Pitta?

Shatavari is one of the great Ayurvedic Rasayanas. A Rasayana is a classification of herbs that have rejuvenative abilities. Rasayanas nourish the body and mind, build immunity, and promote longevity. They actually prevent deterioration and the aging process of cells, tissues and organs.

Shatavari is traditionally used as an overall health Rasayana for women. In fact it literally translates from Sanskrit as “100 hubands.” It is a reproductive tonic, giving women the strength and vitality to handle having a hundred spouses. It stimulates the production and balance of female hormones, making it the ideal herb for women of all ages.

For menstruating women it helps to regulate monthly cycles and ovulation. It is used to soothe PMS cramps, bloating, and irritability. High in Folic Acid, it helps to prevent anemia. Due to its pitta reducing nature, it helps in inflammatory conditions like bladder infections and UTI’s.

For women in child bearing years, Shatavari is given to enhance fertility. Also an aphrodisiac, it increases libido. It alleviates morning sickness during pregnancy. In India Shatavari is a must for ladies after pregnancy and childbirth to clean out their uterus and prevent Vata (air) from settling in. New mothers use Shatavari for its renowned ability to promote lactation of breast milk.

Peri-menopausal women take it to cool annoying hot flashes and mood swings. Even post menopausal women and those who have had hysterectomies greatly benefit from Shatavari’s rich source of phyto-estrogens. It has been used for thousands of years as a natural hormone replacement. Full of Soma qualities, Shatavari will lubricate and moisten the dry reproductive tissues as we age.

Men and women alike use Shatavari Rasyana for all kinds of Vata (dry) and Pitta (heat) conditions such as fever, heartburn, acidity, ulcers, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammation of the liver, kidneys or lungs.

Known as an adaptogenic herb, Shatavari minimizes the negative effects of stress on the nervous system. This herb is good for anyone under pressure, helping the body and mind to cope with challenges.

Depending on the condition and a person’s individual constitution, Shatavari can be taken alone, cooked in milk, ingested as a medicated ghee or oil, or made into a paste and applied externally.

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