The helpful qualities of the Shatavari herb have been known for ages in India as especially effective on women’s health concerns. In fact, the shatavari is seen as the main Ayurvedic tonic for enhancing overall health and vitality for women.
So associated is the shatavari herb with women’s health concerns that its name ‘shatavari’ is derived from an Indian word meaning “a woman who has a hundred husbands”.
Shatavari is a creeping plant that is typically found in rocky areas of the high plains of India and the Himalayan region. It grows up to 1 to 2 meters tall. Shatavari possesses shiny and sharp leaves. It also produces white flowers and dark globular fruits.
The active constituents of shatavari are saponins, glycosides, alkaloids, sistosterol and others. Shatavari tea can be made by simmering the dried shatavari roots and rhizomes in hot water for 15 minutes. Then let the mix stand for another 15 minutes for the health benefits to be infused. Take the tea twice a day.
Pregnant and nursing women should consult the physician first before taking shatavari tea.
Among some some health benefits attributed to shatavari tea are:
- Appears to help problems related to menopausal cycles in women.
- May aid in balancing the female hormonal system.
- Seems to be helpful in treating chronic fever and dehydration.
- Believe to help combat heart and lung inflammation.
- May be helpful in the treatment of ulcers and gastritis.
- Could assist in fighting dysentery and diarrhea.
- Said to be useful in the treatment of male fertility and impotence concerns.
- Claimed be helpful in calming the nerves and in efforts toward rest and relaxation.