Shatavari is also known as wild asparagus — not to be confused with the common asparagus vegetable you see in the grocery store! This herb comes from India and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, especially in regards to aiding women’s health.
Although you will see Shatavari sold everywhere in stores in India, you won’t commonly find it here in the west. I’ve been taking Shatavari for a couple years after seeing an ayurvedic doctor in India, and can honestly say it’s helped me take back control of my hormones. Which is why I decided to write this article, and share some of the benefits of this powerful adaptogenic herb.
Here are 5 reasons why every woman should be taking Shatavari.
1). Decreases stress & balances hormones
Stress causes an imbalance in your hormones —and unfortunately, an imbalance in your hormones will cause you stress! Balance one, and the other will be more easily brought back into equilibrium.
Shatavari is an adaptogen, which is a natural substance that helps your body adapt to physical, mental, and emotional stress. Adaptogens are plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. Other adaptogens you might have heard of include maca, ashwagandha, and cordyceps, to name a few.
Shatavari not only assists young women in bringing their stress and hormones back to balance, but also for women in their middle age and elder years. For younger women, Shatavari helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, while for older women it helps manage symptoms of menopause.
2). It helps with your Moon Cycle
If you’re somebody who has difficult periods, then Shatavari will be your new best friend. According to Well and Good, shatavari acts as a muscle relaxer on the uterine tissue, helping relieve stomach pain and cramping. It also controls estrogen production, and balances your vagina’s PH levels, giving you a happy, healthy period!
3). Helps increase lactation
This herb is amazing for breastfeeding Moms. Shatavari is a well-known galactagogue, which increases the production of corticoids and prolactin, resulting in more breast milk production. It’s also known to stimulate the secretion of steroid hormones, resulting in increased breast weight.
4). Acts as an aphrodisiac
Yes, really. Shatavari helps bring all the symptoms of sexual health into balance, resulting in its aphrodisiac qualities. When sexual health is in balance, you will naturally feel better, healthier, and yes, more turned on. Additionally, Shatavari is known to increase blood flow to the female genital area, enhancing sensitivity and sexual sensation.
5). Boosts your immune system
According to a study in 2004, animals treated with shatavari root were able to combat whooping cough, compared to the untreated animals. Additionally, Shatavari has been shown in different studies to help with diabetes, ulcers, and depression.
After coping with major hormonal swings for most of my life, Shatavari has been one of the main reasons I’ve been able to take back control of my hormones. While most western doctors probably don’t yet know about Shatavari, talk to an herbalist, or go to a natural health store to find more information about Shatavari.
By Brooke Nally