Shatavari for Female Health & Vitality

June 20th, 2018 · No Comments · adaptogen, Herbs for, Reproductive Health, Uncategorized

Shatavari for Female HealthLike most of you, I’m surrounded by amazing women in my life – friends, moms, grandmas, sisters, and aunts – and am amazed at the sheer amount of what they do, both for themselves and everyone around them. Now more than ever, women are free and focused to chase after all of their personal and professional dreams, but with these opportunities there are often obstacles, and there are some only women understand.

Our bodies are amazing – beautiful, strong, and dynamic – but most of us have our moments when it feels more like being bloated, moody, and downright exhausted than anything goddess-like. On those off-days it can be hard to answer any of our many callings, and that’s when our focus needs to turn inwards. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty glass… so think: What can I do, what can I give to myself, to feel better? One answer is shatavari.

Shatavari is a flowering plant related to asparagus and native to South Asia. It is a very popular herb in the world of natural-health, with tight ties to Ayurveda, a form of traditional Indian medicine. Its name has been translated to “curer of a hundred diseases” and “she who has 100 husbands,” and I often call it “nature’s gift to women” myself. An adaptogenic herb, shatavari normalizes ailments in the body and promotes general wellness, but it also has more specialized uses, many related specifically to the female body.

This is largely because shatavari contains phytoestrogens – naturally occurring compounds that are very similar to estrogen, the major female sex hormone. Because of their similarities, phytoestrogens act very much like “regular” estrogen, effecting body processes that typically must rely on the hormone.

Shatavari Complete Concentrate®One of these processes is menopause. During pre-menopause, hormone levels become irregular, often varying dramatically, before sharply decreasing post-menopause. Plants that contain phytoestrogens, like shatavari, help to diminish the effects of low-estrogen levels by providing compounds that can perform many of the same functions as estrogen. By supplementing with shatavari, menopausal women can see improvement of many of their symptoms, including mood swings, hot flashes, and depression.

Shatavari can also help with the similar symptoms that women experience related to their menstrual cycle. Right before and at the beginning of a period, a woman’s estrogen levels are extremely low, which may play a role in the occurrence of premenstrual syndrome (better known simply as PMS). According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, over 90% of women experience PMS to some degree. By supplementing with shatavari, thus increasing their intake of phytoestrogens, many of these women could soothe the unpleasant symptoms of low-estrogen levels associated with menstruation. Plus, shatavari is also known to relieve pain – a gift to those who suffer from menstrual cramps and headaches.

Speaking of gifts, those looking to conceive can also benefit from taking shatavari. In addition to being an aphrodisiac, the herb tones and nourishes the female reproductive organs and ovum (egg). In doing so, shatavari prepares the body for pregnancy and optimizes fertility. Bonus: It has been shown to increase sperm count too, so don’t be shy about sharing with the father-to-be!

Shatavari is excellent support for women when breastfeeding.Shatavari also has uses for mothers already blessed with a new bundle-of-joy. One of the most effective and popular herbs for nursing women, shatavari is a known galactagogue – an herb that promotes healthy lactation. Sometimes called “herbal Domperidone,” shatavari both increases the supply and promotes the flow of breast milk. It has been found to be especially helpful for women who are trying to maintain lactation while trying to conceive.

And all of this is in addition to being an adaptogen! Adaptogenic herbs do what their name suggests: adapt to each individual’s specific needs, normalizing whatever isn’t right in the body. So beyond providing hormonal and reproductive support, shatavari is also successfully used to support the gastrointestinal, urinary, nervous, immune systems, and more.

Truly, shatavari has something for everyone. Whether you are looking to balance your hormones, boost your fertility and lactation, or simply nourish and stabilize your body, I implore you to give yourself the gift of shatavari.


Read more about Shatavari in the blog Shatavari: The Queen of Herbs for Female Libido and learn about the category of herbs called adaptogens: Powerful Adaptogens – Herbs for Whole Body Health


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