My passion for this wonderful female herb, Shatavari, was first developed when I was a student studying Ayurvedic medicine; it is considered a ‘Rasayana or a rejuvenating herb that is used generously for female fertility and nourishment for tissues of the reproductive tract. In recent years, Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has become my go-to herb when helping many of my clients with fertility issues.
Although this plant is related to the common eating asparagus, it is actually the root and rhizome where the medicinal component of the plant is located. Dried and ground into a powder, this herb has a deliciously warm, nutty scent. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to support female hormones, especially during menopause, breastfeeding, and fertility tonic.
The Ayurvedic Vedas refer to Shatavari as the herb that can give you one hundred husbands, a delightful euphemism for describing this herb’s beneficial hormone balancing quality in supporting a woman’s libido. Shatavari is also esteemed for its demulcent qualities, making it beneficial for soothing inflamed membranes of the digestive system, the lungs and the urinary tract. The ‘tonic’ nature of this herb also makes it an ideal supportive remedy during stress, fatigue and general weakness.
In Western herbal medicine, scientific studies of Shatavari reveal that the female tonic qualities of this herb are due to the presence of steroidal saponins that have a hormone balancing effect in the body.
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