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  Latin Name Asparagus racemosus
English Name Indian Asparagus
Hindi Name Shatavari
Part Used Root

Asparagus is a perennial vegetable arising from a root system of fleshy rhizomes known as the "crown". It is grown for the immature stalk and is harvested in the spring Indian asparagus is a rejuvenating herb that cools the body, strengthens and nourishes the tissues. It may be taken by both women and men to rejuvenate their body.

Shatavari may be translated as "100 spouses," implying its ability to increase fertility and vitality. 1Shatavari serves to build immunity, improve the intellect, stimulate digestion, and enhance strength and energy. It helps remove toxins from the blood and supports the proper function of the liver. 2Shatavari is the main Ayurveda rejuvenative for women. It both nourishes and cleanses the blood and supports the female reproductive functions. Shatavari is recommended for menopause and also helps maintain a healthy urinary tract.

3Asparagus Racemosus is an Ayurvedic Rasayana possessing multiple neuropharmacological activities. The adpatogenic and antidepressant activity of Asparagus racemosus is well documented and a study was undertaken to assess nootropic and anti-amnesic activities in rats. 4A unique immuno-stimulant steroidal sapogenin acid is also studied from the roots of Asparagus racemosus. 5The alcoholic extract of Shatavari was administered orally to adult pregnant female albino rats at a dose of 30 mg/100 g body weight, daily for 15 days. The macroscopic findings revealed a prominence of the mammary glands, a dilated vaginal opening and a transversely situated uterine horn in the treated group of animals. The results suggest an oestrogenic effect of Shatavari on the female mammary gland and genital organs.



1. Database on medicinal plants, CCFRAS, Dept. of ISM & H, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt. of India, Vol-1, Page-418-420
2. The Wealth of India, First Supplement Series (Raw Materials) Vol. 1: A-Ci, page 101-102, 2005
3. PMID: 20594636, Brain Cogn. 2010 Oct;74(1):1-9. Epub 2010 Jul 1.
4. PMID: 21172369, Steroids. 2011 Mar;76(4):358-64. Epub 2010 Dec 21.
5. PMID: 16177978, Phytother Res. 2005 Aug;19(8):721-4.

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