Asparagus racemosus is an indigenous medicinal plant belonging to the family Liliaceae. It is commonly found throughout Sri Lanka, India, and the Himalayas. Shatavari is a climbing plant growing to 1-2 m in height. It consists of tuberous roots. The leaves are like pine needles, small and uniform and the flowers are white and have small spikes. Shatavari has medicinal properties such as nutritive tonic, antacid, antiulcerogenic, diuretic, rejuvenative, antispasmodic, galactagogue, anti-tumor, aphrodisiac, demulcent, anti-depressant, antimicro, antioxidant & immunomodulator. Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenative tonic for women. It is highly effective in problems related to the female reproductive system. It is a potent galactagogue. The root extract of Shatavari is prescribed in Ayurveda to increase milk secretion during lactation. It increases the production of corticoids and prolactin, which improves the quality and the amount of breast milk in lactating women. Shatavari also stimulates the secretion of steroid hormones that improve milk production and also increases breast weight.
- Rasa (taste): Madhura, Tikta (Sweet, Bitter)
- Veerya (nature):Sheeta (Cold)
- Vipaka (taste developed through digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
- Guna (qualities): Guru, Snigdha (Heavy, Unctuous)
- Doshas (effect on humors): Balances Pitta & Vata
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) Extract Saponins 20% by Gravimetry
Common Name Shatavari Botanical Name Asparagus racemosus Standardization Saponins 20% Test Method Gravimetric Part Used Roots Application Rasayan & Galactagogue