Ayurvedic herb Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has a history of folklore for use in bust enhancement and health. This passage is about the role of Asparagus in health and in breast enhancement.
The genus of Asparagus belongs to the plant family of Asparagaceae. Previously, asparagus was classified under the family Liliaceae.
Satamuli, Satawar, Satavari, Shatuli, Vrishya, Shatawari, Shatavari, and Rag Samsib are alternate names for Asparagus racemosus. Asparagus adscendens (Shweta musali), and Asparagus gonoclades are less popular for traditional medicinal use in India. Another well known species is common Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis).
Shatavari is often used to promote lactation for the purpose of nursing.
At least one study showed an ethanol extract of Shatavari to increase prolactin, which is consistent with its effects on the breast. Another study found that a water extract of Asparagus officinalis roots increased luteinizing hormone (LH), follicular stimulating hormone (FSH), gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), progesterone, and estrogen. Asparagus' hormonal effects are circumstantial depending on the time of the menstrual cycle. Satawar's effects during pregnancy are similar to that of other prolactin increasing herbs: it resulted in smaller birth size, because its effects of reduced fertility.
Shatavari is known as a general health tonic. An added benefit of asparagus, is that it's constituents, named Shatavarins, have anti-cancerous properties.
For purposes of breast enhancement, the root from many species of asparagus can substitute Shatavari. Asparagus has a small effect on breast tissue by itself. However, with the right combination with other herbs with varying properties, the potential for breast enlargement can be maximized.
The part of Asparagus that is used for herbal medicine is its tubers. Asparagus is better taken in whole form, either fresh, ground or dried, than through extracts. The reason for this is because un-extracted plants, contain fiber that is beneficial for health.
The time to take asparagus root for breast enhancement is during menstruation, and secretory (luteal) phase. Taking asparagus root during ovulation is typically counter-productive to breast enhancement.
Always be certain you properly identify asparagus before using it. There are different accounts on whether asparagus berries are edible, but it's better to avoid them. Berries of Asparagus curillus (and possibly of Asparagus berries in general) have abortifacient properties.
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