Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus
- English: Indian asparagus
- Ayurvedic: Shataavari, Shatmuuli, Atirasaa, Bahusutaa, Shatpadi, Shatviryaa, Bhiru, Indivari
- Unani: Sataavar
- Also, known as: Satmull, Satamuli, Satmuli, Shatamul, Asparagus, Satavari Satavar, Satamul, Ashadi poeru, Halavu Bau, Narayani, Makkala, Satavari Kizhangu Satavar, Shimai-Shadvari, Nilichedi Kishangu, Sima-Shatawari (Dry Root), Pippipichara, Pilliteegalu (Fresh Root), Satawari, Narayani, Abhiru, Atisara, Vari, Thanneervittan, kizhangu, Sataavari Kizhangu
Habitat: All parts of India at a low altitude in the shade and in tropical climates.
Parts Used: Root
It is a small shrub or a woody climber and grows in all parts of India at a low altitude in the shade and in tropical climates. The rootstock has fascicled tuberous roots. Branches are angular, leaves reduced to spinescent scales and 0.4–0.6 mm long. Flowers are white, solitary, clustered in a raceme. The fruit is a sub globose berry with 1–6 smooth black seeds.
The root is dried after harvesting and may be boiled, peeled and cut into pieces. The root is very rich in mucilage and on pulverizing, the powder forms hard lumps by absorbing moisture. In trade there are two varieties, one is pale brown, slightly resinous and said to come from Nepal whilst the other is dirty white, horny, spongy and probably from south India. The Ayurvedic physicians prefer the root from Nepal as it is said to be more effective. The one from Nepal is rarely introduces in commercial market while the other one is greatly popular around the world.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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