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 spine scent scales and 0.4–0.6 mm long. Flowers are white, solitary, clustered in a raceme. The fruit is a subglobose 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 of Nepal as it is said to be more effective. The one from Nepal is rarely introduced in the commercial market while the other one is greatly popular around the world.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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