Shatavari

Definition - What does Shatavari mean?

Shatavari is a medicinal herb which is considered to be one of the most potent herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is an adaptogen, which means it can give the body what it needs in order to bring it back into a state of balance or homeostasis. It has a range of uses, but is best known for its properties as a tonic for women.

The Latin name of the shatavari plant is asparagus racemosus, or wild asparagus. The name, shatavari, is sometimes translated as “100 spouses” or “she who possesses 100 husbands.” It is native to India, but can be found in tropical areas of Asia, Australia and Africa.

Yogapedia explains Shatavari

It is said that for both men and women, shatavari can improve digestion, reduce stress, increase libido and boost the immune system. Its therapeutic uses for women include:

  • Enhancing fertility
  • Relieving PMS and menstrual cramps
  • Improving the functioning of the reproductive organs
  • Promoting milk production in lactating women
  • Maintaining a healthy hormonal balance

Shatavari is believed to be helpful for women at all ages and in all stages of life. It has a bittersweet taste, and it can be consumed as a powder, liquid or capsule; although, traditionally it should be tasted in order to start its effects. Some recommend only using shatavari at certain times to treat specific conditions rather than taking it continuously.

Shatavari is thought to be helpful for balancing both vata and pitta doshas in Ayurvedic medicine. It can slightly increase kapha, so it may not be appropriate for individuals with a kapha constitution.

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