Shatavari is one of my favorite Ayurvedic herbs. It is has excellent hormone balancing properties and is an ojas (immunity) builder. It also has many other great benefits I will be discussing in this article. It is an herb that can be taken every day and is easily available, making it a fantastic option for the modern women.
There are many terms for Shatavari, the Sanskrit word, Shatavari, comes from the word shat (meaning one hundred) and avari (meaning that the person who takes this plant can get married a hundred times). Another synonym of Shatavari is bahusuta, many children, because it helps to support fertility. It is also called virundivari, taking away the fear of getting married if there is a lack of hormonal flow, pivari, helping to continue marital bliss, narayani or Lakshmi - the goddess who bestows fortune, shatavirya, giving "100 times" more potency than other herbs, especially for strengthening shukra dhatu, or reproductive tissue.
Shatavari is wonderful for pacifying Vata and Pitta. Shatavari is guru (heavy), sheeta (cooling), tikta (bitter) and svadvi (sweet). It also has a pro-alkaline post-digestive effect. Most sweet tastes become acidic after digestion but Shatavari maintains a high pH even after digestion. These physical properties give Shatavari the ability to pacify Pitta and Vata doshas.
Shatavari balances Apana Vata more than the other Vata sub-doshas. This is because Shatavari helps balance the hormones, which affect the lower part of the body the most, this area is governed by apana vata. Shatavari is also said to be atisarajit, this is helpful to reduce high-pitta diarrhea because it's cooling, bitter and heavy qualities balance the heating effects of reactive toxins that cause high-pitta diarrhea.
Shatavari is said to also give long healthy life to the eyes. Because it is cooling and nourishing in nature it, Pitta in the eyes is pacified. It gives the intelligence-enhancing properties to the eyes so that they can connect to the brain and the inner eye properly. Shatavari is also described as medhagnipushtida or nourishing the agnis of the brain.
Finally, when we look at the effect of Shatavari on shukra dhatu (reproductive tissue). Traditionally used to maintain the healthy production of female hormones. As a nutritive tonic, it encourages the healthy production of milk in lactating mothers and the healthy production of semen in would be fathers. It is also useful during menopause and for women who have had hysterectomies. Its unctuous quality soothes and nurtures membranes of the lungs, stomach, kidneys, and reproductive organs. Sattvic (pure, harmonious) in nature, Shatavari calms the mind and promotes love and devotion.
- Nourishing tonic for women and men*
- Maintains a healthy female reproductive system*
- Supports healthy lactation*
- Supports the healthy production of semen*
- Promotes fertility and a healthy libido*
- Rasa (taste): bitter, sweet
- Virya (action): cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for Vata and Pitta, may aggravate Kapha in excess
¼ to ½ teaspoon with warm water, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner.
Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.