#HerboftheHour - #Shatavari

AKA "Queen of herbs"

As someone with a pharmacy background, I am all too familiar with various pharmacologic classes. Take, for example, this antiarrhythmics acronym we had to memorize for the NAPLEX, our clinical board exam:

That being said, I want to (re)introduce a class of drugs that haven’t been in the limelight as much. Adaptogens are seemingly miraculous drugs in the sense that they help you heal from all sorts of stressors and maintain homeostasis. Specifically, Shatavari is a medicinal substance that promotes well-being, especially in females. It is associated with fertility and love. This adaptogen yields longevity by preventing aging processes.

Its counterpart is Ashwagandha, which when taken grants a recipient the strength and vigor of a horse. This herbal reduces anxiety and allows for deep sleep so you are more energetic the next day.

While there is little formal research on the benefits of dietary supplements, the evidence is profound. Through integrative and nourishing strategies that assuage inflammatory reactions and support not only the nervous system, herbals like adaptogens have the potential to make real headway in healthcare.

Source: Alok S, Jain SK, Verma A, Kumar M, Mahor A, Sabharwal M. Plant profile, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari): A review. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease. 2013;3(3):242-251