Parts used medicinally: Root
Typically used as a woman's tonic and often used by herbalist in cases of infertility, insufficient milk production, PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Shatavari is a herb native to India and is considered one of the most important female tonics in Ayurvedic medicine. The name Shatavari, in Sanskrit, translates quite literally to ‘she who possesses 100 husbands’ – and this speaks to the rejuvenating effect it has on the female reproductive system!
Shatavari is often prescribed by herbalists to help deal with complaints of loss of libido and difficulty conceiving. It is usually prescribed in a blend with other reproductive tonics to treat an array of common female issues.
Shatavari contains steroidal saponins which makes it an excellent addition to menopausal blends, a time where there is an overall drop in reproductive hormones.
Shatavari is also considered adaptogenic – which may explain some of its positive effects on menopausal symptoms.
Did You Know?
- It is in the same family and genus as the common asparagus we eat as a vegetable.
- It is a herbal galactagogue, which means it helps to improve lactation in nursing mothers.
- Though considered a typical female herb, males can also benefit from using Shatavari, especially when it comes to loss of libido.
Shatavari & Me
- Shatavari products come in many different forms so why not try one of them as a tonic.
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies.