Shatavari

Latin:  Asparagus racemosus

Family:  Asparagaceae

Parts Used:  Root

Taste/Energetics:  Sweet, bitter, cool, moist

Properties:  Adaptogen, immuonmodulator, galactagogue, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, antimicrobial. demulcent.

Actions:  This lovely herb comes to us via India and Ayurvedic medicine and is one of the most common herbs given for women’s health.  Shatavari promotes breast milk production, strengthens women’s reproductive system, improves hormonal balance and strengthens fertility.

Shatavari also improves digestion and elimination, cooling bronchial and digestive inflammation, strengthens the immune system and has a nice gentle quality for reducing stress and tension in the system.   This is an herb that is especially useful for women who tend to run dry and hot, appear exhausted and overwhelmed with associated digestive and reproductive inflammation.

Dosage:  1-2 grams to 3x/day.  As decoction, 1 tbsp to pint of water, decoct for 20 minutes – to 3 x/day.  Traditionally best simmered in warm milk with some honey with other herbs such as ashwaghanda.

Contraindications:    Avoid in pregnancy.