Shatavari is also known as wild Indian asparagus (Asparagus racemosus) and means "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 primarily used as a remedy and tonic.
In terms of alternative medicine, Shatavari is also an adaptogenic plant. Adaptogenic plants have attracted particular interest from scientists 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 in 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 action
In Ayurveda, Shatavari reduces the Pitta and Vata doshas and is one of the most important plants for women. The Indian translation "the one with 100 husbands" already points to 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 complaints during the menopause. This 12-week study with 117 participating women reports a reduction in typical menopause symptoms such as sweating or hot flashes: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2210803318300010
A study published in 2018 demonstrated that Shatavari can reduce the so-called PCO syndrome from which women of childbearing age suffer (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 symptoms. 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 revitalizer and is particularly effective in increasing female fertility. It is actually considered to be the most helpful remedy for women. The herb has traditionally been used by women to improve general health, rejuvenate and stimulate lactation. It is also used as an aphrodisiac.” (Dr. Jasmine Gujarathi, Professor of the Patel Institute for Ayurvedic Medicine);
Study on the postulated support in Ayurveda in pregnancy and lactation also:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869575/ and https://www.ncbi .nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215317/
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