Sunday, 19 December 2010

Shatavari: Asparagus racemosus promotes fertility in women

By Syed AkbarAsparagus racemosus, commonly known as Shatavari, has been regarded as the queen of herbs from 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 also used in Siddha and naturopathy. Even homoeopathy practitioners prescribe Asparagus for a number of ailments.

Asparagus gains medicinal prominence for its unique properties that fights infertility in women and enhances sperm production in men. It is also noted for its lactation inducing property. Women, who are unable to breastfeed their babies, may try Asparagus racemosus for increased milk production. Various research studies have shown that Shatavari works on mammary glands and stimulates them to produce more milk.

Ayurveda and Unani doctors have been prescribing for ages Shatavari for infertility in women. It tones up the reproductive system in women, stimulates ovulation and maintains pregnancy. 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 for hyperactive children. Other uses of Shatavari include fighting gastric ulcers and liver and infectious diseases. It is also a good appetizer.  The roots, stem as well as the leaves of Shatavari plant are used in herbal preparations. Here is a word of caution for kidney 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. Or alternatively, if one has easy access of Asparagus racemosus herb, one may take a few grams of its roots, wash them properly and dry them. The root can be powdered and stored in a clean and neat container for use daily.

Extract obtained from the Shatavari root is often prescribed for the control of loose motions 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 to it in a mixer. The juice thus obtained can be used to tone up reproductive system in women 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.

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