Asparagus is a
perennial vegetable arising from a root system of fleshy rhizomes known
as the "crown". It is grown for the immature stalk and is harvested in
the spring Indian asparagus is a rejuvenating herb that cools the body,
strengthens and nourishes the tissues. It may be taken by both women and
men to rejuvenate their body.
Shatavari may be
translated as "100 spouses," implying its ability to increase fertility
and vitality. 1Shatavari serves to build immunity, improve the
intellect, stimulate digestion, and enhance strength and energy. It helps
remove toxins from the blood and supports the proper function of the
liver. 2Shatavari is the main Ayurveda rejuvenative for women.
It both nourishes and cleanses the blood and supports the female
reproductive functions. Shatavari is recommended for menopause and also
helps maintain a healthy urinary tract.
Racemosus is an Ayurvedic Rasayana possessing multiple
neuropharmacological activities. The adpatogenic and antidepressant
activity of Asparagus racemosus is well documented and a study was
undertaken to assess nootropic and anti-amnesic activities in rats. 4A
unique immuno-stimulant steroidal sapogenin acid is also studied from the
roots of Asparagus racemosus. 5The alcoholic extract of Shatavari was
administered orally to adult pregnant female albino rats at a dose of 30
mg/100 g body weight, daily for 15 days. The macroscopic findings revealed
a prominence of the mammary glands, a dilated vaginal opening and a
transversely situated uterine horn in the treated group of animals. The
results suggest an oestrogenic effect of Shatavari on the female mammary
gland and genital organs.