Shatavari belongs to the asparagus family of plants and it has plenty of medicinal benefits, for which it is also a part of Indian Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries. The plant is also known as satavar, satavari, or with its scientific name Asparagus racemosus (A. racemosus).
Among its various health benefits, the plant is famous for promoting fertility and many other health benefits for the reproductive system of humans, especially for females. The plant is a type of herb that is believed to be adaptogenic, which plays a big role in reducing the stress level and helps to regulate our body systems well.
Shatavari treats many diseases that people are suffering from. The drugs formed by this herb are available in the form of liquid, tablet, and powder. However, much of the research has not been done on this plant so there is not much use in clinical medicine. But all the research that has been done has shown positive results. In recent research, it is found out that the root extract of the plant has many health benefits.
This article will help you to understand the various health benefits of Shatavari.
Improving Female Reproductive Health
One of the common and traditional uses of the Shatavari is to improve female reproductive health. Various studies have shown us that the plant has some qualities that can cure the problem of hormonal imbalance and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Reducing Symptoms of Early Menopause
Another traditional use of Shatavari related to the reproductive health of females is to reduce the symptoms of early menopause. In recent times, research has proved that with the mixture of certain herbs that also include Shatavari, we can reduce the chances of early menopause.
In the study, doctors tested the herbal medicine on 117 women for a period of 12 weeks who were showing the symptoms of menopause. After the medication, those women showed signs of reduction in night sweats, hot flashes, and no signs of change in hormone level and in their overall health.
Antioxidants are those substances that give protection to the body from free radicals that try to harm us by damaging cells, which leads to different types of diseases including cancer. Antioxidants also protect us from another common problem from which many people are suffering today, stress.
A study has revealed that the Shatavari plant has such types of Antioxidants that protect our cells from getting damaged and also reduces stress in our body.
Shatavari also gives us a cure to which most of the people in the world would want. That use of the Shatavari is to combat depression and anxiety. No research has been done on humans, but the studies on the rats have shown us that the plant produces such substances that reduce the sign of depression and anxiety in them. These substances show antidepressant effects in rats.
Benefits in Breast-feeding and pregnancy
Another big benefit of this medicinal plant is that it has the substances, galactagogue, that enhances the production of breast milk.
But there is not enough evidence available to us that supports this theory. Some of the results show enhancement in milk production, whereas some results do not show any change. Therefore, further research is required to know the real answer.
It is also recommended that women should consult with doctors before taking Shatavari during pregnancy and breastfeeding to avoid any problem.
Racemofuran is a substance, which is found in the Shatavari plant, that has anti-inflammatory properties. The working of this substance in our body is similar to the drug COX-2 that doctors prescribe to reduce the feeling of inflammation. Along with treating inflammation, the Racemofuran also works as a catalyst for the digestion process and it has no side effects.
Another study on the Shatavari revealed that this medicinal plant also has cough-relieving abilities. The study was conducted on coughing mice. After giving the extract root juice of the Shatavari plant the coughing of the mice stopped completely. This root juice works as codeine phosphate, a drug that the doctor prescribes.
Another traditional use of Shatavari herb in India is treating Diarrhea. Diarrhea is a serious problem in which patients suffer from electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. The plant produces a substance that stops the castor oil-induced diarrhea.
The study of this plant also revealed that the plant also has the capability to treat gastric ulcers. Ulcers are sores in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine of our body and cause serious problems, like bleeding and perforation.
Treating Kidney Stones
The common type of kidney stones is those which are a form of oxalates. It is a substance that is found in beets, spinach, and French fries that we eat occasionally. The root extract of Shatavari prevents the accumulation of oxalates thereby saving us from the problem of kidney stones.