Thursday, 23 October 2014


Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa)
This creeper common through most rural areas, is a very valuable medicine. Our Ayurvedic doctor when she knew of its profusion asked us to make sure all the village kids had it daily - in any form. The usual form is a decoction (preferably milk decoction) of the roots. But then they did not listen to us then ... As the village people say, things happen when the time comes.

Eashwaramma at the end of health and hope, after the son died, and then husband, leaving two small grandchildren on her frail shoulders, came to our ayurvedic doctor,. She followed the diet and medicines, and made a dramatic improvement. After that she had only blessings for the doctor, and became a sincere follower (like me !). When the doctor said she was to collect the roots of Shatavari and have them, she went with her grandchildren to the stream, dug them out and had them regularly. She benefitted so much that she told me that those roots were actually more effective than the ayurvedic medicines even. When the village people say, the other village people take note.
Nagarajakka started using them, and said that her white discharge problem would get addressed with just this.
Simhadri used it for his bleeding piles.
Lastime in the village, Lakshmikantha after spending vast unaffordable sums for her bleeding piles, switched to regular use of shatavari, and managed to completely address her condition.
Annapurna's mother came to me and said she wanted ayurvedic medicine for 'B.P' ! As her symptom was 'bhramam' or giddiness, the medicine for that was bala (Sida cordifolia) - shatavari milk decoction. Both herbs commonly available. With much zest, Kanthamma started making and having the decoction daily, halveing her allopathic tablet. As she felt well, in another two weeks she will be off the allopathic medicine. The next day she brought another old lady from a neighbouring village telling her that I would treat her 'BP' !
Shatavari is also extrememly good for lactation for nursing mothers. It is very good for children (and adults) as a tonic. It is also good for epilepsy !
The village people are happy, the doctor is happier that the health of a village will improve. Eashwaramma tried to tell me that I had guided her ... but I reminded her that in local lore it was a valuable herb, whos uses had got forgotten
Every time in the village we go on a trip down the stream for shatavari ... when I told eashwaramma that with so many people using it, ihere would be less and less, she said 'let everyone use ... should only we benefit'. ...

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