Shatavari - Benefits and Uses

Eleanor Hoath 4 Min Read
Shatavari - Benefits and Uses

What is Shatavari?

Shatavari, also known as Satavari, Satavar or Asparagus Racemosus, is traditionally used in Ayurveda as a balancing herb to bring harmony to a pitta or vata dosha or body type. 

Although Shatavari grows best in tropic regions, it also thrives in dry, desert environments. Fushi Shatavari is sourced direct from Southern India. Shatavari is a member of the asparagus family, with thin and thorny leaves and an abundance of white fragrant flowers and deep red berries.

What are the main benefits of taking Shatavari?

Traditionally, Shatavari was used for its rejuvenating and balancing properties thanks to its natural ability to adapt to the environment it was introduced to. This therefore means that the balancing properties of Shatavari can…

  • Support a healthy reproductive system

Research has demonstrated the impact of using Shatavari for maintaining a healthy and regular menstrual cycle in menstruating women, whilst easing PMS symptoms and reducing hot flushes in menopausal women. 

  • Soothe an irritated digestive system

Due to the bitter nature of Shatavari, it has a stimulating effect on the digestive system which supports the digestion of foods, whilst cooling and soothing the digestive tract.

  • Support the optimal function of a healthy immune response

The apoptogenic properties of the herb allow respond to the environment to ‘adapt’ to the requirement needed. In some cases this can be to support gut health which in time will have a beneficial impact on immune defences.

  • Promotes energy and vitality

The stimulating effect that’s beneficial for digestion also benefits energy levels throughout the body whilst also enhancing and supporting the health of cells throughout the body.

  • Soothes and calms an irritated respiratory tract

In traditional Ayurveda, the main doshas involved in the respiratory problems are Vata and Kapha. When the bodies natural dosha is imbalanced this is also reflected in dosha of the lungs causing obstruction in the respiratory passage.

Is Shatavari good for women?   

Shatavari has been used as a female tonic for centuries, throughout all stages of a female reproductive life. Research has demonstrated the impact of using Shatavari for maintaining a healthy and regular menstrual cycle in menstruating women and simultaneously easing PMS symptoms such as cramps, mood swings and breast tenderness. Similarly, research has demonstrated the impact of Shatavari with promoting the production of breast milk in lactating and/or pregnant women to support healthy milk production. Shatavari has been used previously for its ability to stimulate ovulation thus supporting female fertility. 

Likewise, the phytoestrogen compound of Shatavari binds to the oestradiol receptor - this hormone regulating component has proven useful in the reduction of hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats and anxiety in menopausal women.

Does Shatavari help balance hormones?

Shatavari has been traditionally used for its balancing abilities for the female reproductive system, more specifically keeping hormones in harmony. 

The Serodial Saponins – also known as Shatavarins3 work an Ayurvedic Adaptogen to reduce the effect of excess oestrogen in the body by binding with oestrogen receptors, often seen in PMS, but also providing some oestrogenic stimulation when oestrogen is required, such as in menopause.

Does Shatavari regulate periods? 

Due to the balancing nature of Shatavari, alongside its stimulatory action of ovulation, there is research to show that it can be beneficial in promoting a regular menstrual cycle, due to the stress regulating properties that the herb brings.

Does Shatavari help with fertility?

Shatavari naturally balances and calms the nervous system, which is of benefit in times of stress-induced infertility. Therefore, Shatavari is useful in the promotion of conception, whilst also supporting a healthy pregnancy. Studies have demonstrated the impact of Shatavari with production of breast milk in lactating and/or pregnant women to support healthy milk production. Shatavari has been used previously for it’s ability to stimulate ovulation thus supporting female fertility

Does Shatavari help with menopause symptoms? 

Within Shatavari, the phytoestrogen compound binds to the oestradiol receptor which regulates the oestrogenic component of menopausal symptoms and has proven useful in the reduction of hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats and anxiety in menopausal women. 

Can I take Shatavari daily?

Yes, Shatavari can be taken daily and can be beneficial when taken in the evening to promote tranquility. 

How much Shatavari should I take?

Traditionally, Ayurvedic remedies were made by combining Shatavari with honey, ghee, or rock sugar. To get the most out of your herbs, we recommend that you first understand your dosha to gather an understanding of how Shatavari can help you.

We recommend 2 capsules of Fushi Shatavari daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. 

Are there any side effects of Shatavari? 

With all natural remedies comes the risk of side effects. Due to the earthy compounds of the herb, it may lead to allergen like side effects such as rashes, itchy eyes and skin. There may also be increasing of heart rate and dizziness if used incorrectly. We advise that you discuss with your healthcare professional before use if you have concerns.

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