Shatavari Asparagus racemosus
What is Shatavari?
Shatavari, Asparagus racemosa, is a member of the asparagus family and looks very similar to its European cousin. Many of us will be very familiar with this family, having enjoyed its delicious tender shoots. Shatavari is native to the Indian subcontinent and can be found growing in surprisingly diverse environments from the humid tropical jungles of Sri Lanka to the foothills of the Himalayas. Attached to its deceptively slender stem is an extraordinary mass of long succulent roots – some grow up to a metre in length. Although it is happy growing in humid jungles, shatavari can also thrive in extremely arid conditions; an example of a true adaptogen.
What are the benefits of Shatavari?
Shatavari, is a nourishing tonic for women during all stages of life. In Ayurveda it’s known as ‘she who has a hundred husbands’, referring to both its ability to boost fertility and its physical appearance. The name shatavari is derived from the Sanskrit words shat, which means ‘100’ and vri, which means ‘root’. The word vari can also mean ‘husband’, which explains the ‘she who has a hundred husbands’ nick name.
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Shatavari side effects
Shatavari is an incredibly nourishing, strengthening and balancing herb. There are no known contraindications with this herb. As it is an adaptogen, it is safe to take every day and long term if needed. There are no contraindications or interactions with hormonal medications such as the contraceptive Pill or HRT.
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