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Helath Benefits of Shatavari, Uses & Side Effects

What is Shatavari? Nutritional Value Health Benefits Uses Side-Effects Cultivation
Helath Benefits of Shatavari, Uses & Side Effects

You can use Shatavari to get lots of health benefits and used to cure gastric problems, rheumatism. If you feel having fever then even this special herb used to reduce body temperature and hormonal imbalances. Shatavari can also be used to reduce anxiety, headaches, and stress to a great extent. One of the most important uses of Shatavari is that it helps to produce breast milk in new mothers and helps with mood swings and fertility issues. Consuming Shatavari regularly can also heal respiratory tract problems. Shatavari also acts as a natural antibiotic and also acts as a diuretic.

What is Shatavari?

Shatavari is a species in the family of asparagus which is found in all parts of India, Srilanka, Nepal and the Himalayas. Shatavari can also be found in the southern parts of China, Africa, Asia, and India. It can grow up to 3 feet to 7 feet tall and emerges in rocky soils in piedmont plains which are slightly elevated.

Interesting Facts: The name Shatavari denotes the curer of hundred diseases.

Shatavari the plant is also known as Asparagus racemosus. Shatavari has small pine-like needles which are called phylloclades which are shiny green and uniform. During July, small white flowers emerge from spiky stems and during September, globular, blackish, and purple berries pop up.

Nutritional Value of Shatavari

Shatavari is a very important medicine and has usually been used for ages in subtropical and tropical India. It contains sarsasapogenin and 4 saponin compounds which are called Shatavari I-VI. This medicine is also present in traditional medicine systems such as Siddha, Unani and Ayurveda.

Shatavari is generally used for the treatment of galactagogue, dyspepsia, gastric ulcers, etc. There have been studies that prove that the Shatavari plant is ideal for dealing with nervous disorder, and various health tonic used Shatavari as ingredients for better immunity or hyperacidity.

Amazing Health Benefits of Shatavari Herb or Powder

Amazing Health Benefits of Shatavari Herb or Powder
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Shatavari. You can consume Shatavari in different form, either you can make powder from Shatavari herb, or you can use Shatavari root in differnt ayurvedic and herbal treatment. Even shatavari root or kalpa offers lots of health benefits which disscussed below:

Gastric problems can be cured by Shatavari

Shatavari is known to treat gastric problems. The dried roots of Shatavari are turned into powder and it can be made into a juice. The consumption of Shatavari juice is ideal to cure ulcers and other ailments occurring in the gastrointestinal tract. If this Shatavari plant is consumed regularly, it can also cure gastroparesis. This disease usually causes diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and heartburn.

Shatavari For Various Medical conditions

Shatavari is very beneficial for the body and can act as a diuretic so that excess fluid can be removed from the body. The boiled leaves of Shatavari can be used to cure hormonal imbalances, rheumatism, fever and headaches. In most cases, it can also help diabetes patients by controlling their blood sugar levels to a great extent.

Shatavari Relieves stress and anxiety

Due to work pressure, performance pressure, education and mental traumas stress has become a daily part of our lives. We usually ignore it and the next thing we know is, it makes us under-perform and makes it difficult to lead a happy life.

Stress and tension can easily be reduced by Shatavari due to its ability to strengthen the immune system. This Shatavari powder helps our mind and body to relax and cope up with everyday challenges which might cause tension and anxiety.

Shatavari Helps with Breast milk production

Young mothers usually find it difficult to breastfeed their newborns due to very little milk production. This can happen due to a variety of reasons such as anaemia, low blood pressure or simply stress. Consuming Shatavari every day helps to facilitate and regulate milk production. This method is ideal for the nourishment of young babies so that their immune system becomes stronger. Also, Shatavari powder is a natural herb so it doesn’t cause any harm to the child.

Shatavari Reduces mood swings

Mood swings are more common in women than in men. This can occur due to menstruation, pregnancy or hormonal problems. Mood swings can not only spoil our mood but also make it difficult for us to interact with people. Consuming Shatavari on a regular basis can help to combat mood swings easily.

Shatavari can assist fertility issues

Becoming a parent is one of the most joyous experience in someone’s life, but sadly for some people fertility problems restrict them from leading a happy life. Shatavari is a powerful herb and is full of beneficial ingredients, so by consuming it fertility problems can be kept at bay and the chances of conception becomes high.

Shatavari good for the respiratory tract

Respiratory problems can be very fatal if it is not treated on time. It causes breathing problems and bronchitis. Regular consumption of Shatavari can help reduce ailments of the respiratory tract and is also helpful in cases of asthma patients.

ShatavariActs as a Diuretic

Shatvari helps to fight against urinary tract problems and infections. It also maintains health of the urinary bladder. Apart from this, regular consumption of Shatvari can help to reduce kidney stones in size and sometime cure it completely.

Shatavari Acts as Natural antibiotic

Often we experience diseases which are a result of certain infection, Shatvari herb acts as a natural anti-biotic to cure diseases like Staphyoloccus, E.coli, dysenteriae and cholera. Shatavari powder also helps to make the immune system much stronger so that it can prevent life threatening diseases from occurring.

Uses of Shatavari

Shatavari is ideal for people who require stress or anxiety therapy. It increases resistance in both women and men. Shatavari is very useful for relieving menstrual symptoms, improving vision, purifying the blood, improving anti-inflammatory conditions of the body and treating abdominal tumours.

Allergies and Side-Effects of Shatavari

Shatavari can also have some side effects which include breast tenderness. This usually occurs because it contains the same properties as oestrogen, so someone with a high oestrogen level can face breast pain and tenderness. It can also lead to variation in breast size for a woman which might not be comfortable for them.

Shatavari should be avoided by people who have kidney or heart disorders as consuming it might prove fatal. Weight gain can also occur for some people. However it is important to buy Shatavari from a certified and authentic source to avoid any problem.

Cultivation of Shatavari

Shatavari is generally found in Africa, Australia, India and Asia. A tropical and warm climate is ideal for this herb to grow and flourish. It also grows in shady areas which have low attitude. Granules can be prepared from the dried root which is usually consumed by mixing it into teas, drinks and dishes.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Hello- no you can not. Ayurveda herbs that assumed as harmless can have a serious impact on health if taken without proper consultation that too in a random combination.

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Consult with gynecologist for hormonal problem. One hormonal problem solved acne gone. In female some time low dose ocps helpful for both.

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