Health Benefits
According to practitioners of Ayurveda, shatavari possesses cooling, calming properties that can help to soothe and balance Vata and Pitta (two of the three doshas). Often used to enhance reproductive and digestive health, shatavari is also said to have rejuvenating and nourishing effects.

To date, few scientific studies have tested the health effects of shatavari.1 Some preliminary animal studies suggest that shatavari may provide advantages, although more human studies are needed to confirm these benefits.

Shatavari shows promise in the treatment of diabetic nephropathy, a type of kidney damage thought to result in part from poor control of diabetes and blood pressure.

In a 2012 study published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology in 2012, tests on rats revealed that treatment with shatavari helped protect abnormal changes in kidney tissue.2 In addition, shatavari significantly decreased cholesterol and blood sugar levels and reduced oxidative stress.

Some preliminary animal studies indicate that shatavari may help treat gastric ulcers, a condition that occurs when the protective lining of the stomach breaks down and fails to fight off irritating acids.3

Other Benefits
Shatavari is touted as a treatment for additional health problems, although there is insufficient evidence to support the use of shatavari for these benefits.1 They include:

Irritable bowel syndrome
Premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms4
Alcohol withdrawal
Pain relief

In addition, shatavari is said to sharpen memory, boost the immune system, and protect against cancer. The supplement is also thought to act as an aphrodisiac, as well as stimulate the production of breast milk in nursing mothers.