Herbs Profile

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

asparagus racemosus

Shatavari

Shatavari literary means one hundred roots. It is the common herbs found all over. It has two varieties Asparagus racemosus(Small flower) and Asparagus Sarmentosus (Large flower). It is popular female reproductive system tonic.

 Common name Wild asparagus (E), Shatavar (H) Sanskrit Satavarı Latin Asparagus racemosus–Radix  Family (Liliaceae)

 ENERGETICS

  •  Rasa (taste) Bitter, sweet
  • Vırya (energy) Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet
  • Guna (quality) Unctuous, heavy
  • Dosa effect VP−, K+
  • Dhatu (tissue) All tissues
  • Srotas (channel) Digestive, female reproductive, respiratory

 CONSTITUENTS

  • Alkaloids Asparagamine
  • Steroidal glycosides and saponins
  • Shatavarin, sarasapogenin, diosgenin

 AYURVEDIC ACTION

  •  Balya Gives strength
  • Vrisya Aphrodisiac
  • Vajıkarana Enhances sexual
  • Rasayana Rejuvenative, esp to the female reproductive system
  • Artavajanana Promotes menses
  • Vajıkaran.a Promotes fertility
  • Prajasthapana Prevents miscarriage
  • Ojovardhanam Increases ojas
  • Stanyajanana Nourishes breast milk
  • Medhya Nervine
  • Mutravirecana Diuretic
  • Sukrajanana Promotes sperm production
  • Sukrasodhana Purifies sperm
  • Raktapittaghna Alleviates bleeding from heat
  • Caksusya Benefits eyesight
  • Sulaprasamana Alleviates colic

 INDICATIONS

 Gynaecology Shatavari is the foremost uterine tonic. Shatavari is very useful in menopausal symptoms with hot flushes, irritability, irregular memory and dryness.

 Lactation Its nourishing effect on rasa dhatu makes it a specific for increasing milk flow and it is good for lactating mothers.

 Digestion Shatavari has good digestive action. It is specially active against Entamoeba Histolytica. For acidity and acid reflux it is anti inflammatory action and helps healing ulcers.

 Lungs  Shatavari is good for cure of cough and inflammatory condition of lungs as it increase moisture. It can be used in dry cough, haemoptysis, sore throat etc.

 Male fertility Shatavari is good aphrodisiac and good for male reproductive system. It is proven to be good results to increase count of sperm. Whenever there is low sperm count and irregularity consider using shatavari as described in (Bhavaprakasa) as it enhance semen production and burning sensation and spermatorrhoea and makes the person healthy.

 Urine  when ever there is case of haematuria you can use shatavari and its preparation it is useful for dysuria with hot and smelly urine. It cures even old stones and burning sensation completely in body.

 Anabolic Shatavari is taken as the best rasayana for Mamsa Dhatu building in body, nourishing the body. It enhance the immunity in the body and also nourishes the ojas. It helps nullify the impact of venom.

 Nerves  Shatavari is the good nervine tonic for the body as it nourishes majja dhatu and calms the nerves.  It is very good for vata disorder Insomnia, Pain.

 COMBINATIONS

 * Ashoka, turmeric, mustaka (cyperus rotundus) for gynaecological conditions.

 * Manjishtha and ashoka (saraca Asoca) for preventing miscarriages.

 * Ashwagandha(withnia somnifera) as a uterine tonic and for infertility (male and female).

 * Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), kapikacchu, gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris), amalaki(Emblica officinalis) for boosting sperm quality and quantity.

 * Fennel, Ajmoda for increased breast milk.

 * Amalaki, Manjishtha, kutki for intestinal inflammation.

 * Licorice, Vasa, Neem for lung heat and high pitta problems.

 * Coriander, sandalwood, gokshura for urinary difficulty, pain, bleeding.

 CONTRAINDICATIONS

 In Case of high Ama, Kapha disorder, Lung Congestion, digestive fire problems.

 DOSAGE

 3–30 gm per day

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

An experienced Ayurveda Doctor, Panchakarma Specialist, Holistic Healer, Psychological Counselor, Yoga teacher, Health article writer from the land of Ayurveda i.e Nepal.

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