Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is an indigenous medicinal plant. It is a species of Asparagus genus. This herb has been used for thousands of years to support reproductive functions and to balance hormone levels. It improves women’s fertility and sexual potency in men.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Monocots
- Order: Asparagales
- Family: Asparagaceae
- Subfamily: Asparagoideae
- Genus: Asparagus
- Species: A. racemosus
- Binomial name-Asparagus racemosus
(Reference: Sushruta Samhita, Shloka No. 301-302)
This herb helps in pacifying Vata and Pitta Doshas.
Shatavari is sweet and bitter in taste, has cold potency, aphrodisiac in nature, acts as a cardiac tonic, improves brain activity, improves digestive fire, increases strength & stamina, treats diseases related to colon and help in hemorrhoids and acts as Rasayana (rejuvenative).
Shatavari has small, smooth and shiny green photosynthetic branches (pine-needle-like phylloclades).
It produces minute, white flowers in the month of July and has spiny stems.
It produces blackish-purple fruits in the month of September.
It has an adventitious root system with tuber roots. In this system, root arises from another organ except for root. The length of the root is about one meter.
This herb prefers lateritic, red loamy soils, with sufficient drainage.
Constituents of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
It contains Asparagamine A (a polycyclic alkaloid), Steroidal saponins, shatavaroside A, shatavaroside B, shatavarins, immunoside, filiasparoside C and schidigerasaponin D5. It also contains isoflavone 8-methoxy-5,6,4′-trihydroxyisoflavone 7-O-β-D-glucopyranoside.
Uses of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
- Reduces Fever
Shatavari is a powerful herb that reduces fever and inflammation of the body.
Shatavari root can be used to treat diabetes. Shatavari improves the activity of the glucose transporters and controls high blood glucose levels.
- Relieves Pain
Shatavari has analgesic properties due to the presence of saponin, triterpene, and alkaloid contents in it. So, Shatavari helps to relieve pain.
- Improves Digestion
Shatavari contains phytochemicals such as mucilage, isoflavones, and alkaloids which improve digestion.
- Soothing Effect
Shatavari shows soothing effects on the body and helps to reduce the symptoms of colitis.
- Antibiotic Properties
Shatavari also has antibiotic properties which help to fight against some diseases like cholera, diarrhea and dysentery, bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus. Shatavari helps boost the immune system and kills bacteria.
- Antioxidant Properties
Due to the presence of bioflavonoids in Shatavari, it consists of antioxidant properties which protect the harmful effects of free radicals on the body.
- Breast Enlargement
Shatavari is a wonder herb that improves the development of breast in women.
- Improves lactation
Shatavari naturally improves lactation without causing any side effects on the mother and baby.
Introduction To Ovarian Reserve and Poor Ovarian Reserve
- Ovarian Reserve
Ovarian reserve is a term that refers to the amount and nature of oocytes (eggs).
- Poor Ovarian Reserve
Poor ovarian reserve or Diminished ovarian reserve is a condition in which ovary loses its normal capacity to produce adequate egg cells (oocytes) which leads to low fertility.
Symptoms of Poor Ovarian Reserve
- Difficulty in conceiving
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- The decrease in menstrual flow
Causes of Poor Ovarian Reserve
The natural cause of a reduction in ovarian reserve is age. There are various factors which cause low ovarian reserve.
- Autoimmune disorders
- Blockage or damage of fallopian tubes (tubal disease)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Genetic conditions like fragile X syndrome
Diagnosis of Poor Ovarian Reserve
If you are trying to get pregnant, your doctor may ask about your age and previous medical conditions like painful menstruation, pelvic infection, repeated miscarriages, previous chemotherapy or ovarian surgery because these conditions are the reasons for low ovarian reserve.
There are also some blood tests which are helpful in the diagnosis of Poor ovarian reserve. This blood test measures the level of hormones which directly affect the ovarian reserve.
- Follicle stimulating hormone level
- Estrogen level
- Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) level
- Antral follicle count
Benefits of Shatavari for low Ovarian Reserve
- It Helps to Balance Hormones Level
Shatavari is a powerful herb which helps to balance the level of the hormones in the body. The imbalance in the level of some hormones like follicle stimulating hormone, estradiol level, anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) leads to the low ovarian reserve and this further leads to low fertility.
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone
An elevated level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) lowers the ovarian reserve activity. Shatavari balances the level of FSH and stimulates the capacity of the ovary to produce an adequate number of oocytes.
- Estrogen level
Shatavari contains a phytochemical name as steroidal saponins which improve the production of estrogen and stimulate ovulation.
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Level
Low level of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) means a low ovarian reserve. So, Shatavari improves the level of AMH and improves fertility by stimulating the reproductive potential of the ovary.
- In Tubal Disease
The tubal disease is a condition in which fallopian tubes get blocked or damaged which leads to the less production of egg cells from ovary. Excessive stress sometimes leads to the blocking of the fallopian tubes. Shatavari helps to promote the functions of the nervous system and prevents the negative effects of stress.
Endometriosis results in poor ovarian response. Excessive stress and depression also cause endometriosis. Shatavari improves brain function and helps to relieve stress.
Shatavari Capsules by “Planet Ayurveda”
- Shatavari capsules made up of pure extract of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) herb. This herbal product increases the chances of fertility and also supports the female reproductive system.
- These capsules can be used by males or females, children or elders. Shatavari is known as a Universal Rasayana and it acts as a female tonic.
- It is pure formulation free from any artificial colors, chemicals, and preservatives.
- This formulation is 100 percent safe without any side effects.
Nutritional Value of Shatavari
It has low calories, contains no cholesterol or fat, and has very low sodium content. It is a good source of potassium, folic acid, dietary fiber, and rutin.
Dosage –1-2 Capsules two times daily, with water, after 30 mins of meals.