Shatavari root is a species of asparagus common throughout Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and the Himalayas growing between one and two metres tall and likes poor rocky soils at high altitude. It was first described botanically in 1799
It has multiple traditional and medicinal uses and the increasing the demand for the plant is and because harvesting it is a destructive process as it is the root which is taken in combination with it habitat being gradually destroyed deforestation by man, the plant is now considered endangered in its natural habitat.
It is known by a number of local names such as Shatuli, Vrishya, Catavari, Satavari, Shaqaqule Hindi, Songga Langit and Kurilo.
Traditional Uses and Constituents for Shatavari Root:-
The herb is a traditional Ayurvedic antispasmodic; demulcent, digestive, diuretic, galactogogue, and is often used for women’s health.
The rhizomes and stems contain steroidal saponins & glycosides (shatavarin, sarasapogenin, diosgenin), isoflavones, mucilage, alkaloids, asparagamine, sistosterol.
Shatavari is highly regarded and it is the most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine. The name Shatavari is from an Indian word meaning “the curer of a hundred diseases”.
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