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Shatavari is a famous herb in Ayurveda for balancing the sex hormones, especially if they are too low. This herb is known since ancient times to be balya (improving stamina) and shukrakari (increasing the quantity of shukra dhatu, or reproductive fluid).
It also is described in the Ayurvedic text, Bhava Prakash, as sthanyakari (enhancing breast milk production). This herb is estrogenic, and is especially useful for improving hormonal flow in women (though it is a good herb for men as well).
The name shatavari, literally means that the person taking it can get married 100 times. This herb is not an aphrodisiac in the traditional sense of vajikarana (sex drive enhancing) herbs like ashwagandha, but it supports sexual function by improving physical, mental, and emotional stamina, and by increasing the quantity of reproductive fluid (shukra dhatu).
Shatavari is also good for cooling sadhaka pitta, the pitta related to the heart. It has a lot of soma (nature's cooling, nurturing energy) and is able to deliver this cooling prana to the heart.
Shatavari is also very good for the brain. It nourishes the mental agnis (medhagnis), and enhances the ability of the mind to process knowledge. It is good for the eyes because it is full of soma and marut (nature's two cooling energies).
It is also good for apana vata (the downward flow of prana in the body). If there is pitta atisara (diarrhea caused by high-pitta), it can help slow the diarrhea if used with other grahi (absorption enhancing) herbs like cumin. It is also helpful with small hemorrhoids.
Vaidya Mishra offers shatavari in two forms: Shatavari Powder and Shatavari Herbal Memory Nectar (sold on this page). While shatavari powder is good when your liver and digestion are strong, it is not recommended if you are unable to process it properly.
Like any food, herbs must be digested, and they must be metabolized by the liver. If there is any weakness there, you will not get the benefit of the herb, and will end up making ama (undigested material) from the herb. This is especially true for a herb like shatavari, which has so much earthy soma.
According to Bhava Prakash, shatavari has a guru guna (heavy physical quality). If digestion is not strong when you take a herb with guru guna (heavy quality) then it is easy to make ama of the herb. In fact, there is little or no agni (heating energy) in shatavari. If you do not have the agni (digestion) to handle it, then it is better not to take it in powder form.
It is for precisely this situation that Vaidya Mishra has developed the Shatavari Herbal Memory Nectar formulation sold here. Even if digestion is weak... Even if the liver is full of toxins, and unable to metabolize the herb well... Even if agni is low, as it often the case in the modern physiology... you can still get the benefit of shatavari.
How does this work?
Shatavari Herbal Memory Nectar contains only the vibrational memory of the plant shatavari. The physical properties of the herb are not contained in this formulation. That means that the guru guna (heavy quality) and the svadvi rasa (sweet taste, which also adds to its heaviness) are not present.
In fact, this formulation is so subtle, and free of the physical nature of the herb, that it does not need to be digested at all. The vibrational energy and sukshma bhag (subtlest fraction of the herb) are absorbed through the mucous membranes of the body directly into the blood stream.
This effectively bypasses the stomach and the liver. It also speeds up the delivery time—you begin to get the benefit of shatavari right away.
Don't miss an opportunity to learn about shatavari straight from the Ayurvedic source texts. Vaidya Mishra offers a 34 minute audio lecture where he goes through the Sanskrit verses of Bhava Prakash regarding shatavari.
Vaidya Mishra explains each Sanskrit word, and the many meanings of each word, so that you get a complete understanding of the use of shatavari in Ayurveda. You can download the 99¢ audio file, in MP3 format, and listen to it at home or in your car. With repeated listening, you will soon learn the Sanskrit words yourself.
Get the audio file here: Shatavari - Learn About A Great Herb For Balancing Hormones
“Total Shatavari” (Vaidya Mishra’s proprietary herbal blend) with Fennel, Grapefruit and Sweet Orange, in a kosher, vegetable, glycerine base
1 fl. oz.
Place one or two drops in one to two liters of neutral pH spring water and sip throughout the day.
Use under the guidance of a Shaka Vansya Ayurveda practitioner. As with all herbs, please consult your physician before using.
The Following Products Contain Shatavari as an Ingredient
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