Asparagus racemosus

Botanical Name Asparagus racemosus
Common Name Satavari
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Order: Asparagales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Asparagus
Species: racemosus
Part used Root
Medicinal Properties Antidiarrhetic, Antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antidysenteric, dernulcent, diuretic, galactagogue.
Medicinal Use Used in stomach ache, diarrhea, inflammation, burning sensation, excessive perspiration, nervous debility, cough, bronchitis and skin diseases. Stimulate mammary gland secretion. Shatavari is considered to be the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating female tonic for overall health and vitality.
ChemistryFour saponins, viz. shatavarin I to IV. Shatavarin IV is a glycoside of sarsasapogenin having two molecules of rhamnose and one molecule of glucose. It also contains mucilage and starch.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatFound throughout Rajasthan. Areas upto 1400 m elevations.
DescriptionA thorny, climbing shrub with woody stems. Leaves are reduced to minute scales and spines.Fruits are globular, purplish black. Roots are succulent and tuberous which are tapering at both end.