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Shatavari asparagus racemosus

Shatavari, is commonly known as Asparagus racemosus. It is a shrub that has been used in traditional systems of medicines like Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha. It is mostly used for preventing and treating reproductive disorders of women. It is one of the important medicinal plants found in tropical and subtropical India.

What is Asparagus racemosus?

Asparagus racemosus  is a woody climber, perennial under shrub that belongs to Liliaceae family. It is commonly also known as Shatavari, satavari, or satavar. It is cultivated in tropical and subtropical parts of India including Himalayas and Andamans. This plant grows up to 7 m tall and has short tuberous roots, needle-like leaves, and small white flowers. The roots of the plant are fleshy, fascicled, spindle-shaped, externally of light ash-colored and internally white in color, usually smooth when fresh. The tuberous roots and leaves of the plant are used for making medicines.

Shatavari plant is one of the important medicinal plants used in traditional systems of medicines. The extracts are effective in treating several conditions like diarrhoea, diabetes, skin diseases, infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome, cough, and others.

What are the benefits of Asparagus racemosus?

Asparagus racemosus is widely used for treating several conditions, such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Chronic colic
  • Skin diseases
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Bronchial infection
  • Joint stiffness
  • Diabetes
  • Edema
  • Common Fever
  • Chronic fever
  • Dyspepsia
  • Indigestion
  • Sunstroke
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Cough
  • Peptic ulcers

Since ancient times, Asparagus racemosus is used to treat female health conditions. Therefore, it is also called as “women’s herb.”

Asparagus racemosus is a uterine tonic used for nourishing, cleaning and strengthening the women reproductive system. It is used for preventing and treating several reproductive disorders of women. Some of the following are mentioned below:

  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Sexual debility
  • Amenorrhea
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Poor lactation
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Imbalance reproductive hormone

Asparagus racemosus has health benefits for men too. It promotes sperm health.

What are the medicinal properties of Asparagus racemosus?

Asparagus racemosus possesses the following medicinal properties:

  • Antibacterial: The root extract of the plant exhibits anti-bacterial effects.
  • Anti-anxiety: The plant extract has anti-anxiety property.
  • Anti-oxidant: The root of the plant has anti-oxidant property.
  • Anti-amoebic: The plant has demonstrated anti-amoebic property.
  • Anti-diabetic: The roots of the plant had anti-diabetic property.
  • Antifungal: The plant has demonstrated the anti-fungal property.
  • Anti-diarrheal: The roots extract of the plant possesses anti-diarrheal property.
  • Anticancer: The root of the plant exhibits anti-cancer property.
  • Immune modulatory activity: The root extract has shown to possess immune modulatory effect.
  • Chemopreventive: The extract of the plant has demonstrated chemopreventive property.
  • Anti-ulcerogenic: The plant extract has anti-ulcerogenic property.
  • Antiviral: The roots extract possess the antiviral property.
  • Antioxidant: The plant has shown the antioxidant property.

What are the side effects of Asparagus racemosus?

No side effects of Asparagus racemosus has been reported. But due to its diuretic effect, it may lead to dehydration.

People allergic to Asparagus racemosus may develop the following symptoms:

  • Rashes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin or eyes

Precautions while taking Asparagus racemosus 

The recommended dose of Asparagus racemosus  is yet not known. However, a person taking diuretic medication should avoid taking Asparagus racemosus, as it may lead to dehydration.

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