Shatavari | Asparagus racemosus
Shatavari root is native to the rocky surfaces of the Himalayas and is jokingly nicknamed, "one who possesses 100 husbands.” The herb originally earned this name because it is believed to promote vitality for women. Of course, no plant can guarantee a long life, but there are properties within the herb’s structure that have been recognized to be beneficial for the female body.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Motherlove’s Shatavari supplement has been formulated to focus on both lactation support and feminine reproductive health. The shatavari herb has been known to help regulate menstrual cycles, balance hormones, and support breast milk production.
In 2018, a review of studies published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy suggested that shatavari herb could improve conditions, such as hormonal imbalances and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Though it was confirmed that shatavari was helpful, more research still needs to be conducted to confirm its ability to treat hormonal imbalances.
Shatavari root has also been used as a traditional treatment for female reproductive conditions. In 2018, a double-blind study was conducted to test the effects of herbal medicine and menopausal symptoms. Out of 117 women studied, it was reported that the subjects studied had a reduction in hot flashes and night sweats (no data was collected on hormonal changes).
What It Looks Like: The shatavari plant is very distinguishable with its narrow, shiny leaves. The leaves will typically grow out from the stem, appearing almost needle-like. The plant produces small, white flowers and occasionally dark purple berries.
Things to Know: Though shatavari root has not been known to cause ill-effects, we always recommend speaking with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements formulated for use during pregnancy.