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 helps to increase the vital fluids in the body.
For men, Shatavari helps with the following:
- Rejuvenating tonic for the male reproductive system.
- Increases reproductive fluids
- Supports and increases healthy sperm count
- Helps reduce male sexual problems
- Reduces inflammation of the male sexual organs
- Helps correct impotence
Shatavari is also an excellent reproductive tonic for women as well and is an effective herb for increasing breastmilk production.
Other traditional uses for Shatavari include:
- Helps to promote all vital fluids in the body (including semen and sperm)
- 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, do not use by those with asparagus allergies or sensitivities. Further, asparagus (including Shatavari) may have some diuretic effects, so those on diuretic medications should avoid this herb. 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
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.