Shatavari, know as the queen of herbs, is a powerful plant ally for every woman. She supports female health from menarche to menopause, conception, pregnancy, labour to breast feeding and postpartum. She returns with a flourish to aid us when we hit menopause or any hormonal imbalance or issue in between.
A rough translation of the name shatavari is, ‘she who has 100 husbands’. If that sounds quirky, it’s due to its traditional use as a versatile female reproductive tonic, its aphrodisiac effect, and its uses for transitioning through hormone changes in life such as menopause.
“It’s been used for centuries to help women with their reproductive health, restore and balance hormones, increase libido, fight fatigue, treat PMS and menopausal symptoms, support healthy production of breast milk, strengthen the immune systems, and improve digestive health,” says Cecilia Lacayo, MD, a physician at the biostation, a facility which offers sexual and reproductive health services in Florida.
But that’s not even the full extent of shatavari’s benefits. According to Aviva Romm, MD, author of The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, “several impressive studies have shown that [the plant] may be helpful for depression, stress, and burnout, and also for improving learning. It may also be helpful for blood sugar balance, reducing inflammation, and supporting healthy immune response.”
Dr. Romm frequently recommends it to her patients for chronic fatigue. “In my practice, I suggest shatavari for women who are exhausted, overwhelmed, or are struggling with low sex drive and hormonal imbalances—especially fertility challenges and menopausal symptoms,” she says.
“This means that shatavari has the ability to balance estrogen and progesterone within the body, without being over- or under-stimulating,” she says. “It can prove beneficial in treating [PMS], supporting fertility, conditions such as endometriosis and PCOS, and also during menopause.
When you’re trying to conceive, shatavari balances the pH of your vagina and controls estrogen production to regulate periods and support production of the luteinizing hormone (LH) that’s necessary for triggering ovulation. And, once a healthy baby is delivered, shatavari activates the production of breast milk, and should be the first go too herb for any woman who feels she’s not producing enough milk.
But postpartum isn’t where the usefulness of shatavari ends. During menopause, its effective in treating decreased estrogen levels. The most interesting, active constituent in Western herbalism is the phytoestrogen component of shatavari. During perimenopause and menopause, it’s useful to treat hot flashes, night sweating, vaginal dryness, and brain fog.
It’s great for men as well- Helps reduce and prevents Kidney stones, improves sperm count and reproductive function, greatly enhances vitality and builds immunity. The excellent hypoglycaemic property of shatavari plays a significant role in alleviating the blood sugar level of the body.
The production of insulin from the pancreatic β-cells becomes active on taking shatavari root powder. It helps to reduce the breakdown of starch into glucose which in turn leads to low blood glucose levels.
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