Females constitute approximately 50% of the world’s total population. That is quite a figure. Although the strength of females is almost at par with the males, their health is not. We accept women as a weaker sex. Not realizing that women not only work like men but also accommodate multiple household chores into their overloaded schedule. At the end of the day they even have the endurance to belt out a fresh meal and a smile for the guests occasionally. Looking at the biological differences and physical limitations of women as compared to men, and undoubtedly the quantum of load undertaken by women, it is imperative that their well being is ensured.
Mere mention of the word woman flashes images of a mother, sister and daughter across our minds. Women are the custodians of family health and eventually the well being of any community. Unfortunately women across the globe are treated as an inferior sex, their health and happiness treated as secondary in the order of priority. It is pertinent that women take charge of their lives with due importance to their health and well being. In addition to maintaining a healthy and hygienic lifestyle, women need to be educated and be aware of any health issues, which might occur due to stress, malnutrition, lack of exercise, deficiencies, poor lifestyle etc.
What is Shatavari?
Shatavari is a herb that holds great importance in Ayurveda, in improving woman’s health and vitality. It is used in ayurveda for female hormonal balance, reproductive system and relief during menopause. Shatavri or Asparagus Racemosus is a species of asparagus found in India, Srilanka and Nepal. The herb is recommended in ayurvedic texts as a general rejuvenating tonic for women with specific application in women’s’ reproductive health, gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and as a galactogouge.
The plant is primarily found in India and is a bittersweet herb. It is a climber with thin branches and feathery leaves. It grows to about one to two meters in height. The leaves are like pine needles and the flowers are small and white. The name Shatavari in Sanskrit translates to” she who possesses 100 husbands”, referring to the herbs rejuvenating effect on women’s’ reproductive health. It also means a plant with a hundred roots. In ayurveda this herb is referred to as the queen of herbs because it promotes positive emotions and love.
Shatavari is native to the Indian subcontinent. However, it could grow surprisingly in diverse environments of Srilanka and the foothills of Himalayas. Traditionally it is collected from the wild. Due to persistent growth in demand, along with deforestation, in some areas now it is considered endangered.
Properties of Shatavari Herb
The healing properties of shatavari are useful in an array of ailments. The roots as well as the leaves are used in the preparation of ayurvedic formulations. It exhibits the following properties:
- Nutritive tonic
- Anti inflammatory
Uses and Benefits of Shatavari in Ayurveda
The benefits of this herb are not restricted to women alone. Men at large also benefit from it. It is used in cases of
- Threatened/Probable miscarriage.
- Loss of libido.
- Menopausal problems.
- It nourishes and cleanses blood and the female reproductive organs.
- It helps relieve pain during menopause.
- As it balances hormones, it is advised to be taken in cases of hysterectomies.
- It increases fertility and nourishes the ovum.
- Helps mothers to lactate better.
- It is known to induce sleep.
- It helps build immunity.
- Even male reproductive system is benefited with the use of shatavari.
- Shatavari is also useful in cases of hyperacidity, stomach infections and dysentery.
- The herb is also used to treat bronchial infections.
- It is used in treatment of acne.
- Due to its cool nature, anti ageing effects, shatavari makes for an excellent gym supplement.
- It is useful in certain neurological disorders
- It promotes general well being by increasing cellular vitality and resistance.
Shatavari can be consumed in powder form or as a tablet. Usual suggested dosage is to be taken with warm milk, honey or sugar. Some experts suggest it to be mixed with ghee for better absorption. There are no major side effects of this herb.
Benefits for Women’s Health in Ayurveda
Shatavari is known to be a woman’s best friend. It is a perfect gift to women’s health from ayurveda. Shatavari is considered as a herb of great importance in ayurveda, which focuses on complete well being of women.
- Shatavari supports the reproductive health in women. It nourishes and tones the reproductive organs.
- It maintains hormonal balance.
- The herb helps relieve pain during menstrual cycle as well as at the time of menopause.
- It aids milk production at the time of lactation.
- It helps increase estrogen levels and relieves women of hot flashes.
- It also supports the immune system.
- It helps the digestive system to function normally.
- Shatavari supports healthy libido too.
Shatavari has been mentioned in the ayurvedic literature such as Charak Samhita, Susruta Samhita and Astanga Samgraha. It clearly is a wonder herb, which boosts general well-being and vitality of women. It not only promotes reproductive health but also improves the complete immune system. It is a blessing to female health.