The word asparagus originates from the Greek word for stalk or shoot.
In Western herbal medicine, shatavari is often seen as a female reproductive tonic and shatavari does indeed mean to “possess a hundred husbands”.
Considered a great general tonic. In Ayurvedic medicine, shatavari is the main rejuvenative tonic for the female, as is Withania for the male. Shatavari is, however, used for sexual debility and infertility in both sexes. Also used for nervous disorders, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, diarrhoea, dysentery, tumours, inflammations, hyperdipsia, neuropathy, hepatopathy, cough, bronchitis, certain infectious diseases, menopausal symptoms and to increase lactation.
Parts Used: Root and Rhizome
Ssapogenins and saponins. Shatavari contains 8-9% steroidal saponins, known as shatavarin I, immunoside, asparagin A and shatavarins IV–X.(1). Major saponins in the roots are shatavarin I and especially shatavarin IV (44%). Shatavari also contains isoflavones, including 8-methoxy-5,6,4′- trihydroxyisoflavone 7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside(2), phytosterols (0.8%), polyphenols (1.7%) and flavonoids (3).
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