Fertility food series – Magical plant Shatavari / asparagus !!!!!


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Shatavari or Indian asparagus  is an excellent remedy for enhancing fertility of  men and women and is used to treat a number of ailments. Shatavari has natural phyto-oestrogen hormone precursors that help women to maintain a healthy reproductive system. It is a reproductive tonic and  stimulates the production and balance of female hormones, making it the ideal herb for women of all ages. It has also been proved to act as  aphrodisiac and help in increasing libido.

Shatavari is the natural cure for infertility, loss of libido, threatened miscarriage and  menopausal problems. It nourishes and cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs. For menstruating women, it helps to regulate monthly cycles and ovulation by maintaining a healthy hormonal balance. It is used to soothe PMS cramps, bloating and irritability. High  folic Acid content  helps to prevent anemia.

In Men, studies shows that  it acts as an excellent Aphrodisiac when combined with Ashwagandha. It promotes size, strength and stiffness of the penis.  It may be used in treating  impotence, spermatorrhea, and inflammation of sexual organs.

Known as an adaptogenic herb, Shatavari minimizes the negative effects of stress on the nervous system. This herb is good for anyone under pressure, helping the body and mind to cope with challenges.

Health Benefits

As a sweet, cooling, nourishing and soothing herb, it is considered by Ayurvedic practitioners to be the perfect energetic balance to clear some of the uncomfortable menopausal hot flushes, night sweats, memory loss, anxiety and dryness in the body. It can also be used to optimise fertility and increase the production of breast milk. Shatavari is considered to be the best general tonic for women in Ayurveda, clinically proven to promote fertility, strengthen the uterus, regulate menstruation, promote the flow of breast milk, assist in recovery from childbirth and alleviate many symptoms of the menopause. The natural alternative to HRT, it can be safely used through all stages of a women’s life, and has been in use for over a 1000 years. It is the supreme woman’s tonic. It contains phytoestrogens, a natural substance that rebalances oestrogen levels in women. These hormones play an important role in a woman’s long term health, preventing heart disease and osteoporosis. It is also known to eliminate the Candida bacteria, so it can be a helpful remedy for thrush, if used regularly and consistently.

It has been shown to help the body detox from cancer treatment drugs, as it helps to stimulate the immune system and helps the body to eliminate toxins. Shatavari is useful in Cancer, convalescence, cough, dehydration, diarrhea, dysentery, female organ debility, fevers, hematemesis, herpes, hyperacidity, impotence, infertility, leucorrhea, menopause, lung abscess, sexual debility, stomach ulcers, rheumatism, soothes the dry inflamed membranes of kidneys, lungs, sexual organs and stomach. Asparagus increases breast milk and semen, nurtures mucous membranes, acts as immune system booster, blood cleanser, supplies female hormones, nourishes the ovum  etc. Since it is a slow acting plant remedy, it should be used over a period of time for full effect.

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Dr. Anita Mani
Infertility& Surrogacy Specialist at Gift IVF Centre

Dr. Anita Mani is a renowned infertility specialist in south India with 15 years experience in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). Dr. Anita has successfully set up ART hospitals in Cochin and Bangalore,  along with her spouse  Dr. S Mani, who specialises in surrogacy. She completed MRCOG, from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  London, DFFP from  ART Warwick university and  worked in UK for 5 years. Dr. Anitha believes in scientific and ethical practice and is currently the director of Gift Gyno IVF centre Cochin and  Bangalore.  Apart from advanced laparoscopic surgeries, she is also an expert in various ART techniques including IVF, IUI, ICSI , donor egg / sperm  and surrogacy . Her proficiency is in genetic abnormalities and high risk pregnancies.

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