Common Name: Asparagus
Sanskrit/Nepali Name: Satavari, Kurilo
A tall climber with thin leaves. Roots are white, long and tapering at both ends. These roots come out in bunches and spread in the earth. Older plants have longer and thicker roots. Small white and fragrant flowers appear on this plant in the beginning of the rainy season. Fruits in the shape of small berries appear in the autumn.
It grows in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate hills and plains. It grows well with long roots in sandy soil.
Part Used: Tuberous Roots
The plant contains triterpene saponins - Shatavarin I - IV, which are phytoestrogen compounds.
The roots are bitter, sweet, emollient, antispasmodic, cooling, demulcent, diuretic, nervine, tonic, constipating or antidiarrhetic, opthalimic, galactagogue, nutritive, mucilaginous, refrigerant, anobyne, aphrodisiac, stomachic and antidysenteric . They are useful in nervous disorders, dyspepsia, tumours, scalding of urine, throat infections, tuberclosis, cough bronchitis, general debility, muscle spasms, rheumatism, stomach ulcers, hematemesis, cancer - strengthens one from and for chemotherapy, convalescence, dehydration, diarrhea, dysentery, chronic fevers, herpes, hyperacidity, Immune system boost-good for AIDS, impotence, infertility, leucorrhea and menopause.
Root juice: one teaspoonful.
Milk preparation: 125 ml
Narayana Taila, satamulyadi lauha, satavari Ghrita etc.