Tribal way of living in Central India – Shatawar to treat Anaemia
Adiwasis and other indigenous communities in India have deep relationship with forests, which are their distinct identity of life, culture, food and health systems and ethical values as well. Apart from the day to day requirements of food, fuel and fodder, these are great reserve of herbs and medicines of high value for public health which has been traditionally followed. This great wisdom and traditional knowledge evolved through ages needs to be promoted to strengthen alternative health systems which are affordable, accessible and deeply rooted to the adiwasi way of living.
AHP is in the process of collecting this indigenous knowledge of herbs, local food and their recipes; and document the rich natural heritage of herbs and traditional food significant to community nutrition and health for the benefit of larger society.
Shatawar or satawari (botanically known as asparagus racemosus) is a wild herb. The roots and leaves of this plant have immense medicinal values and a wonder drug for reproductive health especially of women. It is a galactagogue and stimulates the appetite. This is a climbing plant which grows in low areas of the jungles in India. The healing qualities of this plant are useful in a number of ailments. It is well known for its effects on the female reproductive system and rejuvenates female reproductive organs. It is also useful for many other systems of the body and widely used for treatment of both men and women.
The major properties of this wonder herb are:
• Shatavari is good for toning up and nourishing female reproductive system.
• It helps to maintain hormonal balance at health levels
• It controls blood loss during menstruation and relieves from pain
• It stimulates normal breast milk production for nursing mothers.
• It maintains estrogen levels among women at menopause and thereby relieves them from menopausal symptoms.
• It tones up immune and digestive system
• Highly effective in stomach ulcers, hyperacidity, dysentery and bronchitis.
This herb is locally very popular in the Satna region of Madhya Pradesh, especially to treat anaemia, female reproductive disorders, physical weakness, nursing mothers, hyperacidity and stomach disorders. Traditional medical practitioners prepare shatavari kalpa for year-long use of this medicine. Shatavari roots are harvested, cleaned and dried for long storage and this dried root is used for various preparations.
Shatavari Kalpa Recipe
o Take 100 gm of dry shatawari root powder
o Mix it with 250 ml of fresh water
o Boil well and remove out of heat when 200 ml of concoction remains
o Filter it with a fine cloth
o Add 400 gram of sugar, stir and heat it again till the mixture becomes thick and highly viscous
o Turn off the heat.
o Add some cardamom powder and stir continuously till it starts forming granules
o Dry the granules and store in a clean dry glass jar.
Take 1-2 teaspoon of shatavari kalpa with lukewarm milk, twice a day
It should be taken 2 hours before meals for a month.