The name “shatavari” means “curer of a hundred diseases” (shatum: “hundred”; vari: “curer”).
Botanical name-Sparagus racemosus (satavar, shatavari, or shatamull) is a species of asparagus common throughout Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas. It grows one to two metres tall and prefers to take root in gravelly, rocky soils high up in piedmont plains, at 1,300–1,400 metres elevation.
Shatavar has small pine-needle-like phylloclades (photosynthetic branches) that are uniform and shiny green. In July, it produces minute, white flowers on short, spiky stems, and in September it fruits, producing blackish-purple, globular berries. It has an adventitious root system with tuberous roots that measure about one meter in length.
Asparagus racemosus is an important plant in traditional medicine in tropical and subtropical India. Its medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha.
Shatavar is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for the prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers and dyspepsia, and as a galactogogue. The roots are used in Ayurvedic medicine, following a regimen of processing and drying.
Shatavari has also been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the reproductive system, particularly for females.
Benefits of Shatavari
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