The feel-good herb…
Author: Maharishi Ayurveda Date Posted:8 August 2016
There is a miracle plant in Ayurveda from the asparagus family, Asparagus racemosus, commonly called Shatavari and sometimes known as wild asparagus. This feel-good herb assists with the formation of all the tissues in the body and is particularly helpful for digestion and the reproductive and respiratory systems.
Bitter and sweet with a heavy and unctuous quality, Shatavari has a balancing effect on Vata and Pitta and increases Kapha. It is an antioxidant and powerful adaptogen that has been used for centuries by both women and men of all ages.
Shatavari is known to
- support 'feeling good'
- energise the body when it is fatigued
- relax the body when stressed
- help the body adapt to periods of stress more healthfully
- enhance immunity as it increases the health of macrophage immune cells
- boost libido
- soothe the digestive tract
- support the adrenals
- enhance ojas the vitality and life giving essence
- support healthy peristalsis of the bowel
- help moisturise the respiratory tract
- support a healthy menstrual cycle
- support fertility in both men and woman
- support production of breast milk
One of the herbals containing Shatavari that I routinely prescribe is Energy Plus. This gentle, unassuming yet potent herbal contains 62.33% Shatavari. It provides the amazing array of benefits listed above while also helping to increase the potency of whatever it is taken along with. Take 1-2 tablets prior morning and evening meals.
Reproductive support for him and her
Due to it's nourishing, unctuous and moistening effect Shatavari is also included in the following herbals that support reproductive health for men and woman of all ages
- Smooth Cycle to help restore and support menstrual ease
- Vital Man to support male reproductive strength and potency
- Menopause Vitality to help with irritability, irregular memory, hot flushes and dryness during menopause.
Nervous system support
Shatavari is especially helpful in nourish the brain and calming the nerves. It helps to regain balance from Vata disorders like spasms, pain and insomnia. When Shatavari is combined with Ashwaganda in Stress Relief this nourishing and balancing effect on the nervous system is enhanced. I often prescribe Stress Relief to support sleep at night and to calm the nerves first thing in the morning to support a good start to your day. Take 1-2 tablets of Stress Relief prior bed and prior breakfast.
Preliminary studies show it may also act as a preventative to breast cancer.
Ayurveda explains the phytoestrogens in shatavari increase ojas to enhance your vitality and life energy. We will continue to watch this research to see the longer term results.
Wishing you the bliss of balance.