*Shatavari hails from the asparagus family, it has many root tubers. In Ayurveda, the juicy tubers of the plant have health benefits. In fact, the meaning of Shatavari is that it has hundreds of roots. It is considered to keep the female reproductive system healthy and support healthy conception. Additionally, Shatavari promotes lactation after childbirth. The Shatavari plant is very versatile in that it can grow in a variety of climates in South Asia. The nutrients present in Shatavari are so nourishing that it is conducive to every tissue of the body. It is considered the ultimate female tonic with rejuvenating action on the entire gut. The nutrient fluids generated from Shatavari are deeply nourishing to the eyes and brain.
*Benefits include addressing tiredness, promotes healthy tissues, rejuvenates cells, aids in healing wounds, promotes healthy gut immunity, increases memory, provides eye health, promotes liver and reproductive health.
Suggested Use: 1-2 capsules, once or twice daily, or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical name – Asparagus racemosus
Family – Asparagaceae, Liliaceae
English name – Indian Asparagus
Shatavari is a scandent climber, highly branched, prickly undershrub. Prickles 0.5-1.5 cm in length. Roots are tuberous, elongated, straight or curved. Flowers appear in racemes, 2.5 – 5 cm in length. pedicles – 0.4 cm. Fruits are berry, pea-like, small, red when ripe. Fruits are red in color. Shatavari is found in entire India, up to an altitude of 4,000 feet.
Taste: Sweet, bitter
Qualities: Heavy, unctuous
After digestion biotransformation of taste: sweet
Veerya Potency: Coolant
Effect on Dosha: Balances Vata and Pitta Dosha.
Bhavaprakasha – Guduchyadi Varga
शतावरी गुरुः शीता तिक्ता स्वाद्वी रसायनी |
मेधाऽग्निपुष्टिदा स्निग्धा नेत्र्या गुल्मातिसारजित् |
शुक्रस्तन्यकरी बल्या वातपित्तास्रशोथजित् ||१५९||