Shatawari-Asparagus racemosa- is a cooling, calming, nourishing and purifying herb which has a special affinity with women though it is also excellent for men. It is rich in Vitamin A, nutritious starches, and hormone analogues. Shatawari tones, cleanses, nourishes, and strengthens the female reproductive organs and so is traditionally used for PMS, amenorrhea, dysmenorrheal, leucorrhea, menopause, and pelvic inflammatory disease like endometriosis. It also supports deeper tissue and build blood and so it helps to remove infertility, prepare the womb for conception, prevent miscarriage and acts as a post-partum tonic where it helps to increase lactation and normalize the uterus and the changing hormones. So many of these benefits abound because Shatawari contains phyto-estrogens, hormones that normalize estrogen levels and also play an important role in preserving women’s long term health. Clinical studies suggest that plant estrogen’s are better than drugs for hormone balancing since they do not produce negative side effects such as uterine cancer. This gentle herb will promote an easier balanced life. For men it is a nutritive tonic similar to ginseng, and an aphrodisiac which increases erection strength and sperm count12 and decreases spermatorrhea. Because Shatawari is a gentle herb which regulates growth, is a systemic tonic, and is calming, it is considered, along with Ashwagandha and Brahmi, to be excellent for children. It is also recommended for seniors because it soothes the systemic dryness which is part of the natural aging process. For post-menopausal women it is especially good when taken with a cup of saffron milk. It has a strong rejuvenating, nurturing, and stabilizing effect on excessive air, gas, dryness and agitation in the body and mind. As such it is traditionally used for nervousness, anorexia, insomnia, hyperactive children, and people who are underweight. Due to its cooling nature it is used for genital herpes, chronic low grade fever, chronic skin disease, hemorrhoids, hyperactivity, stomach ulcers, chronic hepatitis, gonorrhea, and to cool and purify the blood. This wonderful plant is so useful that is considered in Ayurveda to be the Compassionate queen of herbs.