Shathavari (शतावरी) is an Indian Ayurvedic herb with immense medicinal benefits. Shathavari is effectively a woman’s best from birth till death. Such is the power of this drug that it helps grow and maintain feminineness in all its aspects and through all ages. The Shathavari herb in its raw form or in any ayurvedic preparation is truly a woman’s best friend.
As Ashwagandha is considered a wonder herb for male health so is the importance of Shathavari in context of female health. There are numerous contemporary research studieson the effectiveness of Shathavari.
In the context of Dosha, it balances Vata and Pitta and promotes Kapha. However, it is beneficial for all the three body temperaments, namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha Prakriti. On an Ayurvedic Tridoshic view, Shathavari balances Vata and Pitta.
Shathavari herb – Elixir for Women
Shathavari is beneficial in all aspects of the female reproductive system.
It regulates and balances the female hormonal system. Several problems like dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), delayed start of menstruation, etc. are caused due to hormonal imbalance in the young women. Due to its impact on female hormones, it helps to prevent almost all kinds of menstrual irregularities.
Due to adequate hormonal release during puberty, Shathavari helps the proper development of ovaries and ova production. It also enables sufficient and timely growth of secondary female features like breasts, pubic hair, etc.
It ensures proper nutrition to the fetus during the pregnancy. It also helps to enhance the breast milk production. It also positively affects the quality of the breast milk.
It is a uterine tonic and a natural diuretic. It prevents swelling during the early period of pregnancy due to its diuretic effects.
Medicines like Shathavari Ghritha are consumed to ensure proper delivery without any complications.
It is believed to prevent abortive tendency, miscarriages, stillbirth, etc.
It helps to regain the normalcy in female metabolism after delivery. It also helps to divert the nutrition towards milk production from the uterus post-partum which also stimulates the uterus shrinkage.
It is extremely beneficial during the menopause-related hormonal transition. Menopause is another time when there is a significant shift in the female body. It prevents menopause induced problems like metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, etc.
Shathavari preparations ensure help with after-effects of menopause, like low calcium density in bones, joint pain, body pain, lethargy, etc. does not set in due to drastic changes in the hormones.
General Benefits of Shathavari
Shathavari has generous amounts of anti-oxidants termed as “Medhya” (having a good effect on the brain). According to Ayurveda, it is an excellent nervine tonic. It has a stress relieving effect on the brain and the nervous system. Therefore, it helps in conditions like insomnia, spams, and inflammation.
Oils processed in Shathavari are used in all kinds of disorders in the head region, like rhinitis, sinusitis, migraine, epilepsy, etc.
It is also a cardiac tonic. It helps in regulating blood pressure.
It has an overall rejuvenating and anti-aging effect on the body metabolism. Because of healthy hormonal balance, it prevents hair fall, restores the skin sheen and moisture. In short, it helps preserves the beauty of a female.
It is a natural immunity booster.
It has an excellent effect on the alimentary canal as it has a soothing effect on the intestine and helps to maintain a healthy peristaltic movement in the bowels. It relieves symptoms in diarrhea, abdominal tumors, etc.
It is highly beneficial for the respiratory system; it helps in building immunity against diseases like tuberculosis, emphysema and other respiratory infections.
Ayurvedic preparations of Shathavari herb
Apart from Shathavari powder in its raw form, there are numerous preparations based in Shathavari. Shathavari in most cases is the main ingredient. One such example is Shathavari Gulam. Classical Ayurveda text Sahasrayoga explains Shathavari Gulam formulation. Shathavari Gulam can be simplistically explained as a jaggery preparation of Shathavari. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various gynecological conditions.
Dosage and usage of Shathavari
Shathavari is a powerful Ayurvedic herb. Using it in a DIY fashion is not recommended. Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner to find out if Shathavari is really beneficial for your condition. Also, only an Ayurvedic practitioner can recommend the right usage and dosage of such a herb. Please contact your nearest Ayurveda practitioner or contact or contact Ayurwoman for further guidance.