The newest addition to the Kroeger Herb Product line of Complete Concentrates® comes from Ayurvedic healing. Asparagus racemosus, known as Shatavari, is a relative to the common asparagus we eat. It is grown throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Himalayas. Meaning ‘the 100 rooted one’ Shatavari is so named due to the branching nature of its root system. Its name has also been translated to mean ‘curer of 100 diseases’ and in Sanskrit ‘she who has 100 husbands’. Indeed, this amazing plant has much to offer in the way of healing, with a special affinity towards female reproductive health!
Shatavari is a cooling, calming, nourishing and purifying herb. It is considered an Adaptogen, having a positive effect on the body as a whole. Some of its benefits are antihepatotoxic (protecting against liver toxicity), immunomodulatory (having the ability to regulate immune function), and immunoadjuvant (improving immune response). Studies have also shown it to have antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, digestive, diuretic, and galactogogue properties.
Shatavari is a supreme nervine. It calms nervous tension and nourishes the nervous system. It’s toning effect targets the nerves and helps to reduce symptoms of emotional upset and headaches. Its adaptogenic qualities allow it to counteract the adverse effects of stress and protect the body from premature aging. Shatavari also promotes rejuvenation, helps a body overcome fatigue, and eases joint pain. It leads to better physical and mental health all while supporting a normal immune system. Shatavari’s healing benefits are especially helpful for adrenal deficiency, or what we may describe as ‘burnout’ or exhaustion.
It has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to improve all aspects of digestion. This is due to its bitter and cooling properties. Shatavari’s soothing effect is also useful in many inflammatory conditions and is healing to irritated tissues. Shatavari, like other demulcent herbs, contain mucilage. Mucilage protects damaged and inflamed tissues as well as soothes dry, inflamed membranes of the kidneys, lungs, sexual organs and stomach.
In Ayurveda, Shatavari is prized as the ‘Queen of Herbs’! It is the herb most recommended for all aspects of female health, although it is also excellent for men. Shatavari tones and nourishes the female reproductive organs, optimizing fertility. Rich in phytoestrogens, it helps to restore hormone balance and regulate the menstrual cycle. Shatavari’s ability to cool inflammation is useful in treating PMS symptoms, relieving pain & controlling excessive blood loss during menstruation, and alleviating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It is a galactogogue which supports the production of breast milk in lactating mothers.
Its many actions help prepare a body for pregnancy and also supports healthy libido in men and women. Shatavari benefits male reproductive health by increasing sperm count, helping with impotence and easing inflammation of the sexual organs.
Shatavari is gaining much attention these days for its impressive list of benefits to the entire body! Kroeger Herb’s Shatavari Complete Concentrate® is unique because it contains 250 mg of Shatavari extract in a base of raw organic Shatavari root. This allows for a very pure and potent product. Check it out for yourself!
For more information about adaptogens, check out Shatavari’s counterpart for men in this blog: Ashwagandha: Herb with the Strength of 10 Horses and Adaptogens-You Never Knew You Could Feel THIS Good!