Shatavari, or Asparagus racemosus, has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the reproductive system, particularly for females, and as a support for the digestive system, especially in cases of excess pitta. Translated as “having one hundred roots” and also referred to as meaning “having one hundred husbands”, Shatavari’s name gives reference to its traditional use as a rejuvenating tonic for the female reproductive system. This support is not only for the young woman but also for women in their middle and elder years, to help them gracefully transition through the natural phases of life, including menopause.
Benefits of Shatavari
The nourishing properties of Shatavari are used traditionally to support a number of systems and functions in the body:
- A healthy female reproductive system
- Healthy levels of breast milk production
- Supports already balanced female hormones
- Supportive of male reproductive system as well
- Soothing effect on the digestive tract
- Healthy peristalsis of bowels
- Moisturizing support of the respiratory tract
- Promotes healthy energy levels and strength
- Supports the immune system
- Natural antioxidant properties
How to Use Shatavari
Shatavari can be taken as a powder or in a tablet form. Ayurveda prefers the powder form of herbs because tasting the herb starts the digestive process and sends signals to the body to initiate the body’s own supportive mechanisms.
Shatavari powder (about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for starters) is traditionally taken mixed in a glass of warm milk, with honey, or sugar if desired. It can also be mixed with ghee, or actually cooked into ghee, to reap its building and nourishing benefits. Shatavari tablets can be easier to use for those who desire the convenience of a tablet (travelling, on the go, at the office), or do not like the taste of the powder. You can still follow the tablets with a glass of warm milk if desired or take with warm water.
Shatavari is well tolerated in traditional use, and no significant adverse effects have been reported.