Shatavari: Asparagus racemosus promotes fertility in women
By Syed AkbarAsparagus racemosus, commonly known as Shatavari, has been regarded as the queen of herbsfrom times immemorial. It has been used in various systems of medicines the world over,particularly in the Indian traditional herbal systems like Ayurveda and Unani. It is alsoused in Siddha and naturopathy. Even homoeopathy practitioners prescribe Asparagus for anumber of ailments. Asparagus gains medicinal prominence for its unique properties that fights infertility inwomen and enhances sperm production in men. It is also noted for its lactation inducingproperty. Women, who are unable to breastfeed their babies, may try Asparagus racemosusfor increased milk production. Various research studies have shown that Shatavari workson mammary glands and stimulates them to produce more milk. Ayurveda and Unani doctors have been prescribing for ages Shatavari for infertility inwomen. It tones up the reproductive system in women, stimulates ovulation and maintainspregnancy. The herb has also been a favourite prescription for women post menopause. The herb Induces growth in children and is regarded a good natural medicine forhyperactive children. Other uses of Shatavari include fighting gastric ulcers and liverand infectious diseases. It is also a good appetizer. The roots, stem as well as theleaves of Shatavari plant are used in herbal preparations. Here is a word of caution forkidney and heart patients. Herbal doctors do not prescribe Shatavari preparations for such patients. ---------------------- Home remedies --------------------- Asparagus racemosus is available in any herbal shop in the form of powder and tablets.Lactating mothers may use a tablet or two everyday to induce more milk production. Oralternatively, if one has easy access of Asparagus racemosus herb, one may take a fewgrams of its roots, wash them properly and dry them. The root can be powdered and storedin a clean and neat container for use daily. Extract obtained from the Shatavari root is often prescribed for the control of loosemotions and dysentery. The extract is readily available in any leading herbal shop. Take a small quantity of Shatavari bark, clean it and prepare its juice by adding milk toit in a mixer. The juice thus obtained can be used to tone up reproductive system inwomen and fight infertility. Shatavari leaves are often used to treat skin problems like boils. Take a leaf or two,boil it in water and then put it on the affected portion for relief.