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Shatavari Benefits for Women: What are the uses?

by Aveda Ayur 23 Feb 2024
Shatavari Benefits for Women: What are the uses?
Shatavari is an Ayurvedic herb with Botanical Name Asparagus Racemosus. It is a versatile herb which has been used for centuries in different diseases and disorders related to females. The plant belongs to the Asparagus family, a climbing perennial plant with needle-like leaves which grows in tropical and subtropical regions especially in India and the himalayan range. The literal meaning of Shatavari is “she who possesses a hundred husbands”, it suggests its ability to promote fertility and sexual wellbeing. Women's health issues like menstrual irregularities, hormonal imbalance, and menopausal symptoms are addressed by the use of Shatavari.

    Key Takeaways

    • Women Health and Wellness is maintained by the intake of Shatavari Herb
    • Shatavari herb is Available in different forms like shatavari capsules, tablets, syrup, Ghrit and others.
    • Shatavari Benefits for Women are known from centuries and are helpful in menstrual irregularities, fertility problems, menopausal symptoms and for nourishing the female reproductive system as well.
    • Shatavari is rich in bioactive compounds like saponins, alkaloids, flavonoids, and essential oils, which contribute to its medicinal properties.
    • It is known for its adaptogenic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & estrogenic effects.

    What is Shatavari?

    Shatavari

    As mentioned above, Shatavari is a perennial herb which has needle-like leaves, and is found in tropical and subtropical regions of India and Himalayan Range. The plant has the botanical name Asparagus Racemosus and belongs to the family Asparagus.

    Ayurveda states:

    मेधा अग्नि पुष्टिदा स्निग्धा नेत्रया गुल्मअतिसारजित।

    शुक्रस्तन्यकरी बल्या वात पित्तास्त्रशोथजित।।  (भाव प्रकाश गुडुच्यादि वर्ग १८६-१८७)

    मेधा - Improves Intellect / Positive effect on brain cells

    अग्नि पुष्टिदा - Support digestive fire

    नेत्रया - Good for eyes

    गुल्मअतिसारजित - Helps In abdominal tumors and diarrhea

    शुक्रला - Enhance quality and quantity of sperms

    स्तन्यकरी - Increase breast milk production

    बल्या - Support body strength

    पित्तास्त्र - Helps in bleeding disorders (Nasal bleeding, Excessive Vaginal Bleeding, Anal Bleeding Etc.)

    शोथजित - Reduces swelling

    शुक्रलो - Enhance sperm quality and quantity

    हद्य - Act as heart tonic

    Shatavari Health Benefits for Women

    Shatavari Health Benefits for Women

    Premenstrual Syndrome:

    Premenstrual syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms like mood swings, tender breasts or nipples, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, sense of sadness, poor concentration and difficulty falling asleep. This is because of the extreme hormonal shift in the body. Intake of shatavari can manage such symptoms and prevent their recurrence.

    Abnormal Uterine Bleeding:

    Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) is bleeding from the uterus for a prolonged period of time or occurs at irregular intervals. Heavy or scanty bleeding also falls under this category. This is also because of the hormonal shift and is well managed by taking shatavari.

    Increased Breast Milk Production:

    Breast milk production is controlled by prolactin hormone in the body. Its secretion is controlled by lactotrophs, specialized cells of the anterior pituitary gland. Due to the Medhya effect of shatavari, it helps in balanced secretion of prolactin and production of adequate breast milk. That’s why it is also called “satnyakari” as well.

    Shatavari for Intellect:

    Shatavari is having Medhya effect which means it works on brain cells and supports better brain functioning. That’s how it helps in improving intellect and intelligence in women and in men as well.

    Hormonal Balance:

    Hormonal disturbance is quite common in females. The reason for its disturbance is stress, alcohol intake, smoking, pregnancy, abortion, diseases like PCOS, endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids etc. But shatavari being a blessing can be taken in any situation and will definitely be of help to balance hormones.

    Fertility:

    Shatavari supports hormonal balance, periods regularity and nourishes the female reproductive system. That’s how it helps in enhancing egg quality and makes the uterus more suitable for implantation.

    Menopausal Symptoms Management:

    Shatavari has phytoestrogen, that is plant based estrogen. Estrogen is very important in the female body as it helps in regulating digestion, supports calcium regulation in the body and maintains adequate body temperature. During menopause estrogen levels deplete in the body and thus resulting in weaker bones, disturbed digestion and hot flushes. But Shatavari  can help you in all of this due to phytoestrogen properties.

    Shatavari Capsules Uses

    Shatavari Capsules are prepared with standardized extract of shatavari and can be taken by females throughout their life whether in reproductive, premenopausal and postmenopausal life.

    Following are its uses:

    • Reproductive health
    • Improves milk production in lactation period
    • Regulates menstrual cycle
    • Maintains Estrogen levels in body
    • Help in hot flushes

    Precautions when using shatavari

    Pregnant women, lactating mothers and females with existing health issues should consult an Ayurveda health expert before starting its intake.

    Summary

    Shatavari emerges as a remarkable herb with a rich history of traditional use and promising modern research findings. From its origins in Ayurvedic medicine to its recognized adaptogenic properties, Shatavari continues to captivate interest for its potential benefits, particularly in women's health.Throughout this exploration, we've delved into Shatavari's benefits, ranging from its role in promoting reproductive health to its reputation as a rejuvenating tonic for overall well-being.

     

     

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