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Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is a plant species from the asparagus family and is also known as wild or Indian asparagus. The climbing plant, which has little to do with conventional asparagus, is particularly widespread in India and the Himalayas. In Ayurvedic herbal medicine, Shatavari is one of the most popular plants. As a woman-specific remedy, it is used for female infertility1
, increases libido, promotes ovulation and folliculogenesis and increases milk production2
. Asparagus racemosus can help relieve pre- and post-menstrual symptoms, regulate menstrual cycles and reduce symptoms associated with menopause and post-hysterectomy.
In addition, shatavari is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its positive effects on digestion and the immune system, as well as for the treatment of dyspepsia and stomach ulcers. Other positive effects of shatavari on the organism are pain relief, soothing of the gastric mucosa in hyperacidity, calming of the nervous system and relief of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
The group of saponins is particularly relevant for achieving these positive effects. Saponins are a subgroup of glycosides, represent secondary plant substances and are particularly present in the root of the plant. In food, they are typically found above all in legumes, beetroot, asparagus and sugar beet.