Shatavari is a thorny undershrub or a woody climber having striated leaves and tuberous roots growing all over tropical India and Asia. Shatavari can mean ‘one hundred roots'(literally meaning ‘one hundred below’). Shatavari helps to improve intelligence and weak eyesight. It is also a good blood puriﬁer, anti-inﬂammatory agent and a good tonic for female infertility.
Benefits of Shatavari: Fights cancer, skin diseases, inflammation, cough, dehydration, diarrhea, fever, ulcers, cardiac abnormalities, laxative, muscle spasm, lung disease, anorexia, cramp, diabetes, dysentery, fever, gout, heatstroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, kidney diseases, infertility, purifies blood, TB, infections, strangury, epilepsy, piles, dyspepsia, improves eyesight, intelligence.
Distribution: Throughout tropical and subtropical regions of India.
Action: Mucilaginous, antidiarrhetic, refrigerant, tonic, demulcent, galactagogue, diuretic, antidysenteric, nutritive, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, stomachic.
Scientific name: Asparagus racemosus.
Useful part: Root.
Dosage :3–30g per day dried or 3–15 ml of fresh juice.
Rasa (taste): Bitter, sweet
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Unctuous, heavy
Dosa effect: VP−, K+
Dhatu(tissue): All tissues
Srotas (channel): Digestive, reproductive, respiratory
Description: It is a climbing undershrub with woody stem and striated leaves.. The tuberous succulent roots are 30 cm to 100 cm or more in length. Fruits are globular or obscurely 3-lobed, pulpy berries. Flowers are white and fragrant.
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Shataavari, Shatmuuli, Atirasaa, Bahusutaa, Shatpadi, Shatviryaa, Bhiru, Indivari.
English: Indian asparagus.
Assamese : Shatamul.
Gujarathi : Satawari.
Hindi : Shakakul, Sada bori., Shatamuli, Satwar;
Marathi: Shatavari, Shatavarimul.
Oriya : Shatamuli.
Tamil: Chattavari, Cadumullam, Shimai shadavari.
Preparation: Powder, decotion, juice.
Species: Asparagus racemosus