SHATAVARI is the main Ayurvedic rejuvenative for the female—as is ashwagandha for the male (though both have some action on both sexes). It is a rasayan for Pitta, for the female reproductive system, and for the blood. As such, it can be prepared as a milk decoction, along with ghee, raw sugar, honey and pippah. It is an effective demulcent for dry and inflamed membranes of the lungs, stomach, kidneys and sexual organs. As such, it is good for ulcers, and with its thirst-relieving and fluid-protecting powers it is good for chronic diarrhea and dysenteryExternally, it is an effective emollient for stiff joints, stiff neck and muscle spasms. It soothes and calms Vaia. It increases milk, semen and nurtures the mucous membranes. It both nourishes and cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs. It is a good food for menopause or for those who have had hysterectomies, as it supplies many female hormones. It nourishes the ovum and increases fertility, yet its quality is sattvic and aids in love and devotion. Three grams of the powder can be taken in one cup of warm milk sweetened with raw sugar. Western asparagus root has some similar properties but is more diuretic.