The first time I had mastitis (breast infection), I thought I just had the flu. I had a newborn and I was totally incapacitated and could not take care of him. Then a week later over lunch, I was discussing my "flu" with a girlfriend who said it sounded like mastitis, and that she had had it when she was nursing. I got mastitis again and called my OB/GYN. She prescribed antibiotics over the phone without even seeing me. The third time I got mastitis, I insisted the doctor see me. She gave me antibiotics again. But at least this time she told me about nursing consultants that I could visit. Then I paid a visit to a lactation consultant, who, although much more comforting than the doctor, and who was able to arm me with a lot of information, still had no "cure" for me other than hot compresses. However, she did give me a referral to Herb Lore. After my 5th bout of mastitis, I finally called Herb Lore, who got Poke Root to me in one day. I drank two drops of Poke Root diluted in a glass of water, and the mastitis went away. I've never had mastitis again. I also gave it to several of my mommy friends and it helped them too. I was at my wits end and Herb Lore saved me! Pam talks to you as long as necessary and she is very comforting. She helped me achieve a balance with my milk production so that I wouldn't risk getting mastitis again. It was a great success! Thank you so much! C.H.
Shatavari, also known as wild asparagus, is an Ayurvedic herb used for centuries for many issues, including as a reproductive tonic for both men and women, as a digestive soother, and an herb that helps one adapt and cope with stress. It is rich in antioxidants and helps to promote healthy energy levels and strength. It is also well-known for its ability to increase breastmilk production in breastfeeding mothers. It’s considered an “herbal Domperidone” and helps to get things flowing. It's the perfect herb for women who are breastfeeding, who want to keep their milk supply up while trying to conceive another baby. It helps to increase the vital fluids in the body.
For women, Shatavari helps with the following:
- Rejuvenating tonic for the female reproductive system.
- Shatavari is the primary uterine tonic in the Ayurvedic system.
- Helps female reproductive issues from menarche (the start of the menses) through the childbearing years and into menopause.
- Helps with fertility, as it nourishes the ovum and helps support reproductive fluids
- Balances the pH of the vagina
- Helps to provide ample flow and quality of breastmilk in nursing mothers
- Menopause - helps to quell hot flashes, irritability, memory problems, and dryness (including vaginal dryness).
Shatavari is also an excellent reproductive tonic for men as well.
Other traditional uses include:
- Helps to promote all vital fluids in the body (including breastmilk)
- Nourishes and calms the nerves
- Nourishes the brain and helps support the brain and body to regain balance
- Restores moisture to the digestive tract, helping to soothe the digestive system
- Restores moisture to the lungs and respiratory tract, making it helpful for dry, spasmodic cough and/or bronchitis-type situations.
NOTES: As Shatavari is of the asparagus family, it should not be used by those with asparagus allergies. Further, asparagus (including Shatavari) may have some diuretic effects, so those on diuretic medications should avoid this herb as well. Due to its ability to increase moisture to the digestive tract, it may cause loose stool in some. To the opposite effect, it may also help to alleviate constipation in others. Shatavari should not be used by those with celiac disease or other malabsorption issues as the herb is a mucilage and may interfere with the absorption of medications or nutrients. Take the herb at least 3 hours apart from medications or foods in these cases.
For those interested in the Ayurvedic information, Shatavari….
- Balances: Pitta and Vata
- Increases: Kapha
- Taste: bitter, sweet
- Energy: cooling
- Quality: unctuous, heavy
Shatavari is an effective demulcent for dry and inflamed membranes. Its use can increase breastmilk, it nurtures mucous membranes, and both nourishes and cleanses the female reproductive system. It is good for menopause, and for women who have had hysterectomies, as it regulates female hormones. Energetically, it increases love and devotion. Note: Vitex also helps to balance the female hormones and can be used in conjunction with Shatavari. This is especially useful for breastfeeding mothers wanting to conceive again. Conception is much easier to achieve if one's hormones are in balance.
Written by Pam Caldwell, Certified Herbalist; Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum & Lactation Specialist
with help from Shakti Smith, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Please see her information about Ayurveda and her contact info HERE.