Sometimes translated as “she who possesses 100 husbands,” Shatavari has a reputation as a fertility-enhancing plant that improves the health of both male and female reproductive issues, in addition to other conditions.
Shatavari has a wide range of benefits. A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease showed that the herb strengthens the immune system by enhancing the functioning of macrophages―the immune cells responsible for digesting potentially destructive organisms and cancer cells.
The same study showed that Shatavari can help with female reproductive issues, including:
- Mood swings
- Irritation associated with premenstrual syndrome
- Menopausal hot flashes
- Breast milk production
- Inflammation of the urinary tract
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Immune system response
How to Use Shatavari
Both the root and leaves of Shavatari are used in Ayurvedic medicine. Shatavari can be taken as a powder, a tablet, or a liquid extract. The most common Ayurvedic practice is to use the powder form because tasting the herb starts the digestive process.
Shatavari is traditionally taken mixed with a glass of warm milk and sugar or honey, but can be mixed into a wide range of dishes, drinks, and teas. The recommended dose is 500 to 1,000 mg twice daily.
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