Category: Pregnancy Support

How Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

Overview

Gestation is the crucial phase of life by which one or the other day a woman has to go through. Those 37 to 42 weeks in the woman’s life brings a lot of changes either in the means of physical health or social well-being. Here in this phase, mostly  women have to avoid or take precautions regarding various things either in the form of a diet or medications.The most important thing is that at this time there are high demands of nutrition to maintain the health of pregnant women and the fetus. So, to meet the needs of pregnancy “SHATAVARI” is the herb of choice.

How Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

Shatavar or Shatavari or the botanical name is Asparagus racemosus is an herb that has been used since decades as a medicine in the traditional system of medicine and also in the form of  curry. Shatavari not only helps to maintain pregnancy but it also helps in the conception and promotes the milk production and ejection after pregnancy. Shatavari is a medicinal plant that grows upto 1 to 2 meters in height and is a native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The roots are a useful part of this herb.

QUALITIES OF SHATAVARI or Asparagus racemosus

How Shatavari is Helpful During Pregnancy
Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

(Reference – BhavaPrakasaNighantu / GuduchiadiVarga / Shloka no. 186 and 187)

  • Rasa (Taste) –  Madhur (sweet) and Tikta (bitter)
  • Guna (Quality) – Snigdha (unctuous in nature) and Guru (heavy to digest)
  • Veerya – Sheeta (cold in potency)
  • Vipaka – The end product of digestion is Madhur (sweet) in taste
  • Effect on Tridoshas – Balances Vata and Pitta doshas
  • It acts as Rasayans (Rejuvenating)
  • It promotes strength and milk production, enhances memory, improves sperm quality and count, and is beneficial in treating inflammatory disorders, heart diseases, bleeding disorders such as hemorrhoids, menstrual disorders, etc.
  • Being vrishya (aphrodisiac) it develops a suitable environment for the fetus for proper growth and development.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF ASPARAGUS

  • The active compounds in the Shatavari are tannins, asparagamineA, shatavarins, shatavaroside A and B, asparanin A, filiasparoside C polycyclic alkaloid and so on.

ACTION AND EFFECTS OF SHATAVARI DURING PREGNANCY

  • It acts as a Rasayana (rejuvenating) that maintains the functions of all the systems. It is a generalized tonic that supports the female reproductive system.

EFFECTS ON THE ORGANS

  • Shatavari is an herb that mainly acts on the organs such as uterus (maintains the suitable environment for the development of fetus), ovaries (maintains FSH and LH level), brain (maintains the functions of all the other hormones like TSH, prolactin, testosterone, etc.), heart (maintains the proper blood supply to the fetus thus provides sufficient nutrition to the embryo),stomach (shatavari is cold in potency and sweet to taste therefore it balances pitta dosha and shows calming and soothing effects on stomach) and colon (supports the colon for absorption of the nutrition).

MAINTAINS PROGESTERONE LEVEL

  • As we know in order to maintain pregnancy the level of progesterone needs to be in proper levels otherwise it may lead to miscarriage or abortion. Asparagus helps to maintain this level and avoids the drop down of progesterone and in fact the estrogen level too also. Because estrogen is a precursor to the hormone progesterone.

Herbal Remedy for Women Health

buy-now-button1-150x47

MEETS THE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

  • No doubt everybody needs nutrition to maintain his or her health. But in pregnancy, a lady requires an extra amount of nutrition for her body as well as for his fetus. There are various macro and micro nutrients that are required for our body but in pregnancy usually the body requires –
  • Iron – Usually  pregnant women have less hemoglobin level in the body and often suffer from anemia. This herb helps to boost up the Hemoglobin level as well as blood level.
  • Folic acid – Folic acid is required for the proper growth and development of the child. Folic acid is responsible for neural development and also prevents the chance of birth defects.
  • Vitamins– Multivitamins are generally prescribed in the pregnancy to fulfill the needs of micronutrients but potentially Shatavari can fulfill all these demands. It is rich in vitamins such as K and B.
  • Calcium – After first trimester there is a high demand for calcium in the body as per Ayurveda after 2nd month the bones start to grow. Even some systems of the body start functioning after the 3rd month so calcium is required to perform all those activities. Shatavari can fulfill the needs of calcium effectively.
  • A GENERALIZED TONIC– Shatavari is a generalized tonic that helps to cover up the weakness and dizziness. Moreover, it provides strength to the body and reproductive organs and eases the pain and complications during labor (delivery) by nourishing all the doshas, dhatus and indriyas of the body.
  • BALANCES TRIDOSHA – We know that if all the doshas are in equilibrium state the person is healthy otherwise may end up with the various disorders. But a pregnancy may end up with complications if Vata Dosha and Pitta Dosha get vitiated or aggravated. It may retard the growth of the child.So to avoid these things Shatavari can be incorporated in the daily diet to fulfill the needs of multivitamins.
  • BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – Usually, immunity is very low during pregnancy hence, the pregnant woman and child are more prone to develop infections. This herb stimulates the immune system and safeguard the body from infectious diseases.

DOSAGE

  • Shatavari granules – Take ½ teaspoonful, mix it in a glass of lukewarm milk twice daily, after meals.
  • Shatavari churna – ½ teaspoon twice daily
  • Shatavari capsules or tablets – 1 capsule twice daily
  • Anupana (After drink) – Lukewarm milk or plain water.

NOTE:

  • Before starting anything like medicine or even the general health tonics you should consult a physician.

Ayurvedic Regimen for the Pregnant Woman(GARBHINI PARICHARYA)

Overview

Ayurveda considers pregnancy and child birth as a holistic condition in a woman’s life. During pregnancy mother needs extra care in terms of nourishment as there is another life depending on her. So, it is very important to take care of mother’s health before, during and after the pregnancy as the cases of growth retardation and congenital anomalies occur due to improper diet and malabsorption. In our ancient textbooks of Ayurveda, there is a proper description of garbhini paricharya which includes proper diet, nutrition, the conduct of behavior and medication under the heading of:

Ayurvedic Regimen for the Pregnant Woman

  1. Masanumasika Garbhini Paricharya ( Monthly Dietary Regimen )
  2. Garbhini swathya rakshanartha ( emphasing garbhin aahara, vihara, mansikasthithi, Aushadha and Suchitva)

According to this text described in our classics, Antenatal care should begin soon after the conception and continue throughout the pregnancy. A balanced and adequate diet is therefore of utmost importance during pregnancy and lactation.  Also to avoid the complications like the risk of miscarriage, toxemia , anemia , damage to fetus and others, there is a provision of Garbhini paricharya (Antenatal Care)  for the pregnant woman which is described as under :

FIRST TRIMESTER

During the First Month of Pregnancy:
First Month of Pregnancy

(Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  • Most women during the first month complain of nausea and vomiting and cannot consume a proper diet. So Maharishi Charka has advised  taking non –medicated cold milk repeatedly in desired quantity and should take Satvic Aahar according to her digestive power and strength during the first month of pregnancy.

During the Second Month of Pregnancy:
Second Month of Pregnancy

(Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  • According to this Shloka during the second month of pregnancy the mothers should have milk medicated with sweet herbs like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bala (Sidacardifolia) etc.

During the Third Month of Pregnancy:
Third Month of Pregnancy

(Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  • Acharya Charka has suggested  adding honey and Ghrita (Cow’s ghee) to milk during the third month of pregnancy.Milk should not be hot while adding the honey (it should be at room temp.). Honey and ghee should be in unequal quantity like mix 2 tsf of ghee + 1 tsf of honey to a cup of lukewarm milk.

During the first trimester (1 to 3rd month) Maharishi Sushruta has advised sweet, cold and liquid diet to the pregnant mother.  Along with this Shashti rice can be taken in the 3rd month.

SECOND TRIMESTER

During the Fourth Month of Pregnancy:

Third Month of Pregnancy

(Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  •  Milk with butter (unsalted fresh) or butter extracted from the cow’s milk is advised by Maharishi Charka in the quantity of 1 aksha (1 tola = 12 grams).

During the Fifth Month of Pregnancy:
Fifth Month of Pregnancy

Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  • Mothers should take at least 7-8 tsf of Ghrita (Cow ghee) prepared with butter (extracted from milk) in the 5th month.

During the Sixth Month of Pregnancy:
Sixth Month of Pregnancy

(Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  • During 6th month warm milk with sweet herbs like Liquorice and Shatavari should be taken the early morning at empty stomach.

According to Maharishi Sushruta pregnant mothers should take cooked Shashti rice with curd, dainty and pleasant food mixed with butter and meat of wild animals in 4th and 5th month and during the 6th month – Ghrita or Yavagu ( rice gruel ) medicated with gokhur is advised.

THIRD TRIMESTER

During the Seventh Month of Pregnancy

Seventh Month of Pregnancy

(Ref: Charaksamhita (Sharirsthanam) Chapter 8, Shloka 31-1)

  • In 7th month Charka has prescribed the same diet regimen as in 6th month (rice gruel prepared with milk).

During the Eighth Month of Pregnancy:

  • In 8th month Milk based sweet porridge is recommended, also mothers can have gruel made of rice, sooji, wheat mixed with ghrita. Gruel should be eaten once a day only.

During the Ninth Month of Pregnancy:

  • In the 9th month, mothers need more nourishment. Anuvasan basti with oil is recommended in 9th month prepared with the drugs of madhura group or vaginal tampoon (prepared with the same) is advised for the lubrication of garbhasthana (cervix, uterus) and garbhamarga (birth canal, perineum).
  • Ghrita medicated with prithakparnyadi (Vidarigand haldi) group of herbs is advised by Maharishi Sushruta for pregnant mothers.
  • This consumption of ghrita in the 9th month will help in proper growth and development of the fetus.
  • Maharishi Sushruta has indicated Aasthapan basti prepared with decoction (badarqwath) to clear the retained feaces and anulomana (regulation) of Vata which helps in  normal delivery without any complications.

DISCUSSION:

  • The First trimester of pregnancy is very crucial as most women experience nausea and vomiting during this period.
  • The body of a woman undergoes a lot of physiological changes. Therefore to provide proper nourishment to mother and foetus use of cold, sweet, liquid diet, milk, honey, ghrita and herbs of madhura group is advised.
  • During the second trimester, the fourth month onward there is the growth of muscular tissues of fetus which can be promoted  by the use of meat – soup (providing more proteins).
  • Mostly women suffer from edema of feet and other complications of water retention in pregnancy. Ayurveda has advised the use of Gokshura a very good diuretic in the 6th month for water retention.
  • The other herbs of vidari gandhadi group are diuretic, anabolic, and balance the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are used in the 7th month of pregnancy.
  • Due to the pressure of gravid uterus over the bowels and effect of progesterone, most women may suffer from constipation in late pregnancy. Therefore the use of enema (Anuvasan basti) in the 8th month is advised.
  • In Ayurveda, Milk and herbs of Madhura group have been advised for the utmost entire period of pregnancy. Milk (Cow’s milk) is considered as a whole diet In Ayurveda. Cow’s milk is a rich source of calcium and minerals which are essential for both mother and foetus.
  • The Demand  for calcium is increased during pregnancy mostly during the last trimester. Milk (Cow’s milk ) provide adequate levels of calcium , vitamin D and proteins which are needed for the pregnant mothers to avoid the several health problems in a fetus like osteoporosis, rickets , low birth weight.
  • Milk (Cow’s milk) is considered as a complete food in Ayurveda which acts as a rejuvenator, promotes immunity, improves satva guna and also helps to enhance positive characteristics. Milk is also called as the Satvic Food in Ayurveda texts.
  • In Ayurveda – Honey acts as a natural sweetener and has many anti-bacterial and analgesic actions. Honey helps to improve the defense mechanism during pregnancy.
  • Due to high progesterone levels in pregnancy, mothers suffer from esophagitis and heartburn (nausea and vomiting) are seen commonly.
  • In this condition honey helps to reduce heart burn and discomfort in the gut. Honey also helps to reduce symptoms of morning sickness and vomiting.
  • Ghrita (cow’s ghee) is described as smritivardhaka (enhances memory) and buddhiwardhaka (enhances intelligence). During Pregnancy, Ghrita is advised to prevent constipation and to aid digestion that gets disturbed due to high progesterone level and diminished physical activity in pregnancy.
  • There is a recommendation of Shasti rice which is sweet and astringent in taste, easy to digest, and have cool potency.
  • It pacifies tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and is ideal for anemic patients.

CONCLUSION:

Ayurveda describes Garbhini Paricharya i.e. antenatal care in which the pregnancy diet is recommended to

  1.  Maintain the health of the mother and foetus
  2. Increase the strength and vitality required during labor
  3. Maintain postpartum health of mother and successful lactation.

There is the provision of the diet which is light, nutritious, easily digestible and rich in protein, minerals and vitamins under the title of Garbhini Paricharya in Ayurveda.

Herbal Remedies for Healthy pregnancy

HERBS USEFUL FOR MAINTENANCE OF PREGNANCY BY PLANET AYURVEDA:

Planet Ayurveda recommends various herbal remedies which are very effective during pregnancy in women. These herbal remedies help the mother by avoiding pregnancy related problems  like indigestion, acidity, constipation etc. The herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda includes Shatavari, Amla, and Punarnava etc. All these remedies are pure, 100 % vegetarian, safe and effective.

DOSAGE:

  1. Shatavari Capsules: Two capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.
  2. Amla Saar: Three teaspoonful twice daily, morning and evening with an equal amount of water.
  3. Punarnava Mandoor: Two tablets two times a day after meals with plain water.
  4. Spirulina Capsules: Two Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

SHATAVARI CAPSULES

  • In Ayurveda, Shatavari also known as Satavari (Asparagus Racemosus) is considered as one of the most vital herbs for women as it helps in balancing the female hormone system.
  • Shatavari is an old-age Ayurvedic formula that is used to treat infertility  in both men and women. Shatavari is 100 % pure organic herb,  considered as a boon for lactating mothers as it is known to increase the blood flow. Shatavari capsules are very useful for the treatment of pregnancy related symptoms.
  • This herb also helps women in regularizing menstrual cycles, treating pre and post-menopausal symptoms and sexual disorders. Shatavari is also called as a rejuvenating herb for women as it cleanses and nourishes the blood and the female reproductive organs.
  • The Shatavari capsules are given to reduce the problems of menstruation like pain, cramps, loss of blood etc. During pregnancy Shatavari capsules are given to relieve the symptoms of morning sickness, vomiting and tiredness. Shatavari capsules also help in problems related to infertility, leucorrhea, and in regulating ovulation.

Amla Saar

  • The Amla Saar is a very effective herb used in pregnant women. It has the richest source of natural vitamin C, that is very useful for the symptoms of acidity in pregnant ladies.
  • This is an excellent anti-aging remedy, improves digestion, the functioning of the brain, regulates blood sugar and increases hemoglobin. Amla Saar is 100 % pure, safe, chemical free and purely vegetarian. It is also used for the treatment of ulcers and hyperacidity.
  • According to Ayurveda it is considered as one of the best herb for Diabetes, bleeding disorders, and promotes strength and stamina. Amla Saar is made up of standardized extract of Amla fruit pulp which has the highest content of vitamin C of any natural occurring substances in nature.

Spirulina Capsules

  • Spirulina is very useful for the treatment of pregnant women. It is the best source of antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin E, Zinc and selenium that fights against free radicals, and slow down the aging process.
  • Spirulina Capsules are given to pregnant women as being the richest vegetarian source of vitamin B 12 helps to reduce the physical and mental stress. Spirulina is used in females to balance the various hormonal imbalance and overall health of women. These capsules help to maintain normal hemoglobin level in the blood, builds immunity and maintain a healthy heart.

Punarnava Mandoor

  • Punarnava Mandoor is known to act as a natural diuretic and given to pregnant women to reduce the symptoms like swelling. It helps to remove the toxins from the blood thus helps in decreasing Urea/ Creatinine levels