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, Sheetaveerya 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 known as a general health tonic. This herb is often used to promote lactation for the purpose of nursing.
Constituents of interest
Shatavari root contains Shatavarins and sarsasapogenin, which are saponins. Shatavarins are categorized as steroidal.
Asparagus species typically contain vitamins: A, B1, B2, B9, C and E. This genus contains the minerals: magnesium, calcium and iron.
One study showed an ethanol extract of Shatavari to increase prolactin, which is consistent with its effects on the breast. Another study theorized if the antioxidant content of Asparagus racemosus root had a positve effect on reproductive health, including follicle development.
A study on Asparagus officinalis found that a water extract of its roots increased luteinizing hormone (LH), follicular stimulating hormone (FSH), gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), progesterone, and estrogen.
Additional health benefit
A benefit of asparagus, is that its constituents, Shatavarins, have anti-cancerous properties.
Shatavari seems to have a balanced effect on raising hormones. Asparagus' hormonal effects are likely circumstantial (as most herbs are) depending on the time of the menstrual cycle. Through literature, Satawar has similarities to fenugreek and suma.
For purposes of breast enhancement, the root from many species of asparagus may substitute Shatavari. Asparagus has a small effect on breast tissue by itself. However, with the right combination of 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 solid 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.
Taking asparagus root by itself during proliferative phase is typically counter-productive to breast enhancement. In comparison, hops is a proven effective herb, that also is not effective during proliferative phase. The time of menstrual cycle to take asparagus root is not established. Asparagus has similar hormone raising properties as fenugreek and suma, and is more specific to the breasts, so Shatavari can possibly partially or fully replace fenugreek in the herb schedule.
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.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of hormone imbalances, see estrogen-imbalance and treating hirsutism program before trying herbs. See precautions for more details of care to be taken with herb use. Also, check for the latest blog updates about herb and hormone safety.
Herb concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in solid form. This can easily lead to hormone imbalances. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Concentrates shouldn't be used to overcome plateaus. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time, diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil) or water.
Biology describes the science of breast development and endocrinology. Symptoms related to hormone imbalances are important to understand. The text from Biology and Hormone Imbalances is in breast-endocrinology.pdf, which uses a Creative Commons license.
super-bazongas.pdf continues about herb use, including the potential role of Asparagus, in a herb schedule for breast enhancement. Herb timing and combinations' success for breast enhancement relies on menstrual phases. See programs for examples of herb combination use, and for pictures of successful herbal breast enlargement.
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- Asparagus racemosus--an update. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14515032.
- Shatavarins (containing Shatavarin IV) with anticancer activity from the roots of Asparagus racemosus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523501/.
- Plant profile, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari): A review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4027291/.
- A Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial for Evaluation of Galactogogue Activity of Asparagus racemosus Willd. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3869575/.
- Effects of aqueous extract from Asparagus officinalis L. roots on hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis hormone levels and the number of ovarian follicles in adult rats. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4869160/.
- Chemical constituents of Asparagus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249924/.
- Comprehensive metabolic and transcriptomic profiling of various tissues provide insights for saponin biosynthesis in the medicinally important Asparagus racemosus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6002474/.
- Impact of stress on female reproductive health disorders: Possible beneficial effects of shatavari (Asparagus racemosus). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29635127.
Etymology & Definitions:
- USDA: Asparagus classification profile. http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ASPAR.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Asparagus racemosus. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=5540.
- Biological Activities of Asparagus Racemosus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816549/.
- Effect of Asparagus racemosus (shatavari) extract on physicochemical and functional properties of milk and its interaction with milk proteins. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325056/.