Herb Profile: Shatavari

Shatavari.  A herb perhaps best known for treating a wide range of gynaecological issues but there’s much more to this herb – both for women and men.  It’s a herb I frequently suggest to clients and here are a few of the reasons why.

Shatavari is the root of the Asparagus Raemosos plant and is an incredibly cooling herb.  As such it can be taken for any form of inflammation, particularly in the Gastrointestinal tract.  If you suffer from acid reflux, heartburn or gastritis, you may find relief by taking Shatavari regularly together with a diet based around bitter foods (think leafy greens!).

Shatavari is also a great nervine and is indicated for stress, anxiety and burnout conditions, typically caused by an excess of dry heat in the body.

To return to the gynaecological benefits, many women find that Shatavari helps with pre-menstrual issues, hot flushes, peri and full menopause.

From a doshic perspective, Shatavari pacifies Vata and Pitta doshas but may increase Kapha if taken in large doses or over an extended period of time.  Due to its phytoestrogenic properties, Shatavari should be avoided in cases of oestrogen-induced fibrocystic breast issues and uterine fibroids.  As always, I recommend consulting a qualified practitioner before taking any herbal medicines.

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