Shatavari – Asparagus Racemosus
Scientific Name : Asparagus Racemosus
Common Name : Shatavari
Source : Root
Composition : 20%- 40% Saponins
Applications : Adaptogen, Galactagogue, adaptogenic, General Weakness
Shatavari belongs to the family Asparagus racemosus which is highly used to treat problems related with female reproductive system. A. racemosus is commonly found throughout Sri Lanka, India, and the Himalayas. In Ayurveda, Shatavari is known as the “Queen of herbs”, because it promotes love and devotion. 1
Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenation tonic for the female, as is Withania for the male. Asparagus racemosus (family Asparagaceae) also known by the name Shatavari is one of the well-known drugs in Ayurveda, effective in treating Madhur rasam, Madhur vipakam, seet-veeryam, som rogam, chronic fever, and internal heat. 2
Reports indicate that the pharmacological activities of A. racemosus root extract include anti-ulcer, antioxidant, and anti-diarrhea, anti-diabetic and noninflammatory activities.3
The major active constituents of A. racemosus are steroidal saponins (Shatavarins I-IV) that are present in the roots. Shatavari IV has been reported to display significant activity as an inhibitor of core Golgi enzymes transferase in cell free assays and recently to exhibit immune-modulation activity against specific T-dependent antigens.4
In Ayurveda, it is considered a female tonic. In spite of being a rejuvenating herb it is beneficial in female infertility, as it increases libido, cures inflammation of sexual organs and even moistens dry tissues of the sexual organs, enhances folliculogenesis and ovulation, prepares womb for conception, prevents miscarriages, acts as post partum tonic by increasing lactation, normalizing uterus and changing hormones.5
Herbochem offers the purest quality of Shatavari which is used being used by many formulators across the globe to formulate a dosage form to satisfy the inner desire of women.
- Sharma RK, Dash B. Charaka Samhita-text with English translation and critical exposition based on Chakrapani Datta’s Ayurveda Dipika. India: Chowkhamba Varanasi; 2003.
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- Gaitonde BB, Jethmalani MH. Antioxytocic action of saponin isolated from Asparagus racemosus Willd (Shatavari) on uterine muscle. Arch Int Pharmacodyn Ther. 1969;179:121–129.
- Sharma K, Bhatnagar M. Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari): A versatile female tonic. Int J Pharm Biol Arch. 2011;2(3):855–863.