Shatavari is also known as wild Indian asparagus (Asparagus racemosus) and translates as “the one with 100 husbands”. This plant is a bush with fragrant white flowers that is native to India at altitudes of up to 1,400 meters. In Ayurveda, its roots are used primarily as a healing and strengthening agent.
From an alternative medicine perspective, Shatavari is also an adaptogenic plant. Adaptogenic plants have aroused particular scientific interest in recent years because of their ability to adapt to environmental factors. That is, they take away what there is too much of and fill up what is lacking. This means that the idea behind using these plants is that they could also contribute to this self-regulation in the human organism.
Areas of application and mode of operation
In Ayurveda, Shatavari reduces the doshas Pitta and Vata and is one of the most important plants for women. The Indian translation “the one with 100 husbands” already indicates its use in Ayurveda, where it is used to support fertility, during pregnancy and menopause.
But Shatavari is also increasingly being used in the West as a herbal medicine containing phytoestrogens, especially for menopausal symptoms. This 12-week study with 117 participating women reported relief from typical menopause symptoms such as sweats or hot flashes: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2210803318300010
A study published in 2018 demonstrated that Shatavari can contribute to a reduction of the so-called polycystic ovary syndrome, which women of childbearing age suffer from (e.g. due to irregular menstrual cycles, excessive body hair, etc.). : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29635127/
The flavonoids contained in Shatavari are said to have antioxidant effects and the alkaloids also contained could calm stress-induced complaints. For example, the following study from 2014 suggests that Shatavari could reduce depression and anxiety through interaction with serotonin and GABA: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10571-014-0035-z
“Shatavari is a famous female revitalization agent and is particularly effective for increasing female fertility. It is actually considered to be the most helpful remedy for women. The herb is traditionally used by women to improve overall health, rejuvenate, and promote lactation. It is also used as an aphrodisiac.” (Dr. Jasmine Gujarathi, Professor of the Patel Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine);
Study on the support postulated in Ayurveda in Pregnancy and breastfeeding also:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869575/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215317/
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