What is shatavari?
Shatavari (Asparagus Recemosus) belongs to the same family of aspargus as the kind you would see on your dinner table. Shatavari roots have been used in India for hundreds of years for it’s medicinal properties. Each plant contains several tubeous roots which are dried and used medicinally.
What are the benefits of shatavari?
Shatavari has been used for ages in India to help increase a woman’s milk supply, and the effects of shatavari have reportedly been comparable to the effectiveness of domperidone. Shatavari has also been used to help with premenstual syndrome, as well as menopausal symptoms, especially where irritability and moodswings are a factor, because of the phytoestrogens found in the plant. Shatavari has also been found to increase white blood cell count which helps fight off viruses, bacteria and other germs that may cause illness. Shatavari has also been linked to stopping the production of oxytocin, and has been used to help prevent early labor and miscarriages. Shatavari is also commonly used to treat infertility in Asia.
How does shatavari affect breastfeeding?
Like many other herbal remedies for a low milk supply, shatavari contains phytoestrogens which, when introduced to the body of a woman who may or may not be producing enough of her own estrogen, it increases milk flow and supply.
What are the risks of taking shatavari?
It is unknown if there are risks associated with the ingestion of shatavari.
What form is shatavari best taken in?
Shatavari is mostly available capsule form, and may be much more difficult to obtain, however, it is easily found online.