Species: A. racemosus
Common Name: Satavar
Asparagus racemosus is better known as "Satavar". The plant, from the Asparagaceae family, is a creeper with an adventitious root system. There are many tuberous roots for each plant, and the roots are mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine - known by the name Shavatari.
As an anodyne, aphrodisiac, galactogogue and a rejuvenating female tonic for overall health and vitality. In Sanskrit, Shatavari means "she who possesses a hundred husbands."
Alterative; Antispasmodic; Aphrodisiac; Demulcent; Digestive; Diuretic; Galactogogue; Infertility; Women's complaints.
Shatavari (this is an Indian word meaning 'a woman who has a hundred husbands') is the main ingredient for cures and problems dealing with women's fertility.
The rhizome, acts mainly on the circulatory, digestive, respiratory and female reproductive organs. Usage of the root is alterative, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, galactogogue and refrigerant. It is taken internally in the treatment of infertility, loss of libido, threatened miscarriage, menopausal problems, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and bronchial infections.
Asparagus can also be taken externally to treat stiffness in the joints. The whole plant is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, rheumatism, diabetes and brain complaints.
It can also be used as soap. The roots are squeezed to wash clothes.