Sat, 18 Nov 2017

A Comprehensive Review of the Pharmacological Actions of Asparagus Racemosus

Ajitha Sharma*,  Devasya Narayana Sharma

1. Department of Pharmacology; Kanachur Institute of Medical Sciences, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

2. Department of Kaumarabhritya; Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Doddaballapur, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.


ABSTRACT

Plants have been an important source for developing drugs since time immemorial. Various medicinal herbs are indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and Asparagus is one such plant. Asparagus racemosus Willd., more commonly known as Shatavari, has been traditionally used in many systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. It has been used for decades as a galactogogue, uterine tonic, adaptogen, and rejuvenator. Also it has been used to mitigate symptoms of peptic ulcer, as an immunostimulant, hepatoprotective, and aphrodisiac. In addition, several other health benefits of this wonder plant, such as antidepressant, antiamnesic, antianxiety, hypolipidemic, antidiabetic, and anticonvulsant effects have been discovered in the recent years. In this article, an effort has been made to comprehensively enumerate all the health benefits of A. racemosus, known so far.

Keywords: Asparagus racemosus, Shatavari, Galactogogue, Immunostimulant, Hepatoprotective, Uterine relaxant.


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