Shatavari, also known as satavari, satavar, or Asparagus racemosus (A. racemosus), is said to promote fertility and have a range of health benefits, particularly for the female reproductive system.
The herb is thought to be adaptogenic, which means that it may help to regulate the body's systems and improve resistance to stress.
BENEFITS OF SHATAVARI
1.Improving female reproductive health
Perhaps the most common traditional use of shatavari, or A. racemosus, is to treat female health conditions, specifically reproductive disorders.
A review of studies published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy in 2018 suggests that this plant may improve conditions such as hormonal imbalances and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
2. Reducing symptoms of menopause
In line with its traditional use as a treatment for female reproductive conditions, recent research suggests that a A. racemosus, may reduce the symptoms of menopause.
It may help in the reduction of hot flashes and night sweats, but may cause no difference in hormone levels or overall health.
3. Antioxidant effects
Antioxidants protect the body from harm caused by free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to the development of diseases, including cancer. Antioxidants also fight against oxidative stress, another cause of disease.
A review from in 2018 suggested that shatavari may have antioxidant properties
4. Anti-anxiety effects
Shatavari supplements have also traditionally been used to combat anxiety and depression
5. Breast-feeding and pregnancy
A substance that boosts milk production during breast-feeding is called a galactagogue, and shatavari is commonly used for this purpose.
6. Promoting diuretic activity.
Shatavari may have a diuretic effect without causing acute side effects.
7. Lowering blood sugar.
Results of a study suggest that shatavari may help to maintain blood sugar levels. Some researchers believe that the herb may benefit people with type 2 diabetes.
8. Relieving coughs.
A study showed that shatavari root extract was effective in relieving coughs. It worked as well as codeine phosphate, a prescription cough medicine. Shatavari root juice is widely used in parts of India as a cough remedy.
9. Improving gastric ulcers
Some research has concluded that the herb was about as effective as the medication ranitidine, which is often used to treat ulcers in humans. However, they noted that shatavari was not as effective at treating stress-induced ulcers.