What is Shatavari and where it came from?
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is an ancient plant from Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine. This plant grows in the form of vines which binds upon rocks and grows at high altitudes of Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas.
The origin of the word Shatavari is from the old Sanskrit word which in translation means a cure for all diseases, and the old Indians like to call it a plant that possesses hundred husbands, because her original role was in the treatment of infertility in women and increasing fertility.
Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating agent for women as Ashwagandha for men.
What are the Health Benefits of Shatavari?
A plant that cures all ills is really worth its epithet - Shatavari despite the fact that it works on the genitals of women and men, it also efficient and works on the digestive, respiratory and urinary tract.
1. Shatavari is distinctly female plant
Shatavari in its chemical composition contains fioestradiols, natural estrogens that act like female hormones in the body.
It removes PMS-related symptoms - irritability, increased appetite, swelling of the abdomen, legs, arms, relieves spasms and regulates the menstrual cycle and bleeding during the cycle.
Another important feature of this ayurvedic plant is to increase fertility in women, and women who want to become pregnant should use shatavari. The role of this plant is to stimulate blood circulation in the lower abdomen and uterus to prepare women for possible conception.
During pregnancy, shatavari relieves and alleviates morning sickness, while after birth is effective in stimulating the secretion of milk.
Menopausal women and in period before entering menopause should take shatavari because it can replaced reduced estrogen and relieves symptoms that accompanies this period (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings).
The great advantage of this plant is that can be used by women who had undergone hysterectomy because it replaced female hormones.
2. Shatavari and purpose for men
This miraculous plant can also be used in men to reinforce the libido; it has a preventive effect on prostate enlargement and prevents painful urination in men.
3. The use for digestive problems
Shatavari resolves symptoms of heartburn, stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea and dysentery.
4. Use in respiratory disease
Shatavari works effectively on damaged lung tissue relieves dry cough and coated dry mucous membranes. It helps in conditions of bronchitis, coughing and chronic lung diseases.
5. The impact on the nervous system
The operation of this plant is a sedative and anti-stress. It removes stress, fatigue and calms the mind.
6. Leaving aging
Using shatavari slows the aging and the aging process of cells and tissues. Also, this herb works well on the immune system, which protects the body from external attack.
7. External Application
Shatavari has application in bone joint system - eliminates pain and stiff joints, removing the muscle cramps.
How to use Shatavari?
From shatavari plant the root has healing property, which after extraction has to be thoroughly cleaned and dried. The most common root of Shatavari goes through grounding and in the market comes in the form of powder.
Powder can be dissolve in water, milk with added honey or brown sugar.
Also powder from the plant shatavari can be mixed with ghee butter and so eat.
The daily dose of shatavari powder per Ayurveda is 1-3 teaspoons per day.
External application of shatavari oil – it is used in back massage at state like lumbago, sciatica, arthritis.