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By Karen Morris

Shatavari is a safe and highly regarded Ayurvedic herb (Indian traditional medicine) that has been used for thousands of years for maintaining reproductive health through all stages of a woman’s life.

The plant is a member of the Asparagus family and common throughout parts of India and the Himalayas. The name and its translation varies slightly according to the different Indian languages. One translation of the name ‘curer of a hundred diseases’ is reflective of the range of positive uses it has.

Shatavari has become popular in the western world for supporting reproductive health, promoting conception, treating sexual debility and menopausal symptoms and is also used as an aphrodisiac.

The presence of certain compounds in Shatavari promote a subtle balancing effect on the level of the hormone oestrogen in the body, normalising the level and reducing symptoms commonly seen in menopause that are associated with having low oestrogen levels. These symptoms include anxiety, general weakness and fatigue, irritability, headaches, hot flushes, memory loss, night sweats, vaginal dryness and decreased sexual libido.

Shatavari is also used as a nutritive tonic, a tonic for circulatory, digestive and respiratory system disorders while also nourishing the blood and strengthening the immune system. A rejuvenating and cooling herb that supports women’s health and vitality, and not surprisingly, the Sanskrit name translates to ‘she who has a hundred husbands’.