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Shatavari Root

Shatavari Root

Shatavari root has been in use in the world of Ayurveda for centuries now, but its benefits have become popular worldwide only recently. Take a look at all that this miraculous herb has to offer.
HolisticZine Staff
Shatavari or asparagus root extract is one of the most popular herbs that has been of great medicinal value in the world of Ayurveda. Found in the tropical regions of India, other parts of Asia, Australia, and Africa, it is a plant that commonly grows at lower altitudes and in areas with shade. Shatavari roots are used after drying them, and are mostly used in treating a lot of problems relating to women and the female reproductive system. However, there are also several other benefits of the use of shatavari root.

Benefits

Shatavari is a Sanskrit word that literally means 'she who possesses a hundred husbands'. The name itself is symbolic of its use to treat various problems pertaining to women's health. Again, as mentioned earlier, though it may be popular for this use, there are a lot of other benefits it provides in terms of gastrointestinal health, treating ulcers, nervous disorders, liver conditions, and inflammation. All these benefits have been elaborated upon, here.
  • Women's Health: The regular intake of Shatavari root has been found helpful in restoring the hormonal balance in women who have fluctuating hormonal levels due to menstruation and menopause. It is also popular as a herb that enhances fertility and regulates the menstrual cycle. Furthermore, any symptoms of PMS are taken care of by the intake of this herb. It reduces inflammation of sexual organs, and is known to enhance sex drive in women and men. Finally, one of the most popular benefits for women is the enhancement of the production of breast milk in lactating mothers.
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions: A lot of people have benefited from the intake of Shatavari root to heal conditions such as heartburn and colitis. It helps in digestion, and reduces ulcers and other inflammatory conditions of the stomach, as it has a cooling effect on the body. It even functions as a natural laxative. Bacteria such as E.coli, which affect the digestive tract and cause conditions such as diarrhea and vomiting, is kept under control with the intake of this wonderful herb.
  • Infections and Fever: Fever can easily be taken care of with the intake of Shatavari root because of its cooling properties. It even has the ability to fight the bacteria that are responsible for the development of fever resulting from typhoid and cholera.
  • Water Retention: This herb functions as a natural diuretic, and therefore, is one of the best herbs in Ayurveda that enables the reduction of water retention. Women are specially prone to this condition because of menstruation and menopause.
  • Stress: Another benefit of Shatavari is its ability to help the body adapt to higher levels of stress, and make it strong enough to cope with stressful situations. Thus, not only does Shatavari root have physical benefits, it is also one of the many herbs that mentally stimulates an individual to help deal with conditions such as stress.
As healthy as it is to resort to alternative medicine and herbal remedies to treat different health conditions, it is extremely essential that you consult a qualified herbalist before resorting to the intake of Shatavari root. This is because though it is extremely beneficial for a host of health problems, an excess of it can adversely affect the body, and cause a negative reaction in the form of several side effects. Furthermore, there is no scientific research to prove the benefits or the adverse effects of Shatavari. As such, instead of relying on external resources to increase your awareness about the effects of any herb, including Shatavari root, it is definitely a wiser option to consult someone who knows the intricacies of herbal medicine, and the kind of effects it can have on different people.

Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes and does not, in any way, seek to replace the advice of an expert.