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HUNDRED PROBLEMS, ONE SOLUTION ASPARAGUS RACEMOSUS

*Jhansee Mishra, Alok Kumar Dash and Suresh Kumar

ABSTRACT

Asparagus racemosus, traditionally known as shatavari means "who
possesses a hundred husbands or acceptable to many". Aspargaceae is
an ayurvedic plant with medical importance of tropical and subtropical
India. Its medical usage has been reported in Indian & British
Pharmacopeias and in traditional system of medicine such as
Ayurveda, Unani & Siddha. Shatavari is the main Ayurvedic texts for
prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and as a
galactogogue. A. racemosus has also been used successfully by some
Ayurvedic practitioners for nervous disorders, inflammation, liver
diseases and certain infectious diseases. Asparagus racemosus has been
shown to have many other properties like Antistress, Anti-diarrhoeal,
Antidyspepsia, Adaptogenic action, Antiulcerogenic action, Antioxidant & Cardio protection.
Asparagus racemosus is mainly known for its phytoestrogenic properties with an increasing
awareness about the harmful effects with synthetic oestrogens, the interest in plant derived
oestrogens has increased tremendously making Asparagus racemosus particularly important.
Its beneficial uses in correcting menstrual irregularities are mentioned in ancient literature,
till date they are prescribed by ayurvedic physicians to correct menstrual irregularities with
products available in the markets.

Keywords: Asparagus, Asparagus racemosus, galactogogue, female tonic.


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