Asparagus Plant

Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Medical Sciences

Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and as a galactogogue. A. racemosus has also been used successfully by some Ayurvedic practitioners for nervous disorders, inflammation, liver diseases and certain infectious diseases. However, no scientific proof justifying aforementioned uses of root extract of A. racemosus is available so far. Recently few reports are available demonstrating beneficial effects of alcoholic and water extracts of the root of A.

Author(s): 
Goyal, R. K.
Singh, J.
Lal, H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: A Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Société Canadienne Des Sciences Pharmaceutiques

PURPOSE: Asparagus racemosus Wild root has been used traditionally in Ayurveda for the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. However, the claims of Ayurveda need to be validated by a suitable experimental model. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of ethanol and aqueous extracts of Asparagus racemosus for its antidiarrhoeal potential against several experimental models of diarrhoea in Albino Wistar rats.

Author(s): 
Venkatesan, N.
Thiyagarajan, Vadivu
Narayanan, Sathiya
Arul, Arokya
Raja, Sundararajan
Vijaya Kumar, Sengodan Gurusamy
Rajarajan, Thandavarayan
Perianayagam, James Britto
Publication Title: 
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

The roots of Glycyrrhiza glabra, Withania somnifera, Asparagus racemosus, and Chlorophytum borivilianum and seeds of Sesamum indicum are ayurvedic medicinal plants used in India to treat several ailments. Our previous studies indicated that these plants possess hypolipidemic and antioxidant potential. The present study was aimed at investigating the composite effects of these plants on hypercholesterolemic rats.

Author(s): 
Visavadiya, Nishant P.
Narasimhacharya, A. V. R. L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Natural Medicines

Shatavari-a famous Ayurveda materia medica used mainly as a tonic for women-is distributed in health food products all over the world. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India identifies the botanical origin of shatavari as the tuberous root of Asparagus racemosus. We recently investigated by DNA analysis the botanical origin of shatavari products on the Japanese market. The results suggested that their botanical origin was Asparagus; however, species identification was difficult.

Author(s): 
Kumeta, Yukie
Maruyama, Takuro
Wakana, Daigo
Kamakura, Hiroyuki
Goda, Yukihiro
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Asparagus racemosus is an Ayurvedic rasayana, which finds mention in ancient Indian texts for treatment of gastric ulcers. The ulcer protective effect of methanolic extract of fresh roots of A. racemosus (ARM), 25-100 mg/kg given orally, twice daily for 5 days, was studied on different gastroduodenal ulcer models. ARM 50 mg/kg, twice daily, orally (total saponins 0.9%) showed significant protection against acute gastric ulcers induced by cold restraint stress (CRS), pyloric ligation, aspirin plus pyloric ligation, and duodenal ulcers induced by cysteamine.

Author(s): 
Sairam, K.
Priyambada, S.
Aryya, N. C.
Goel, R. K.
Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Medical Sciences

Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and as a galactogogue. A. racemosus has also been used successfully by some Ayurvedic practitioners for nervous disorders, inflammation, liver diseases and certain infectious diseases. However, no scientific proof justifying aforementioned uses of root extract of A. racemosus is available so far. Recently few reports are available demonstrating beneficial effects of alcoholic and water extracts of the root of A.

Author(s): 
Goyal, R. K.
Singh, J.
Lal, H.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Most of the synthetic chemotherapeutic agents available today are immunosuppressants, cytotoxic, and exert variety of side effects that are particularly evident in cancer chemotherapy. Botanical based immunomodulators are often employed as supportive or adjuvant therapy to overcome the undesired effects of cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents and to restore normal health.

Author(s): 
Diwanay, Sham
Chitre, Deepa
Patwardhan, Bhushan
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: A Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Société Canadienne Des Sciences Pharmaceutiques

PURPOSE: Asparagus racemosus Wild root has been used traditionally in Ayurveda for the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. However, the claims of Ayurveda need to be validated by a suitable experimental model. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of ethanol and aqueous extracts of Asparagus racemosus for its antidiarrhoeal potential against several experimental models of diarrhoea in Albino Wistar rats.

Author(s): 
Venkatesan, N.
Thiyagarajan, Vadivu
Narayanan, Sathiya
Arul, Arokya
Raja, Sundararajan
Vijaya Kumar, Sengodan Gurusamy
Rajarajan, Thandavarayan
Perianayagam, James Britto
Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

Asparagus racemosus (AR) is a herb used as a rasayana in Ayurveda and is considered both general and female reproductive tonic. Methanolic extract of A. racemosus roots (ARM; 100 mg/kg/day for 60 days) showed teratological disorders in terms of increased resorption of fetuses, gross malformations e.g. swelling in legs and intrauterine growth retardation with a small placental size in Charles Foster rats. Pups born to mother exposed to ARM for full duration of gestation showed evidence of higher rate of resorption and therefore smaller litter size.

Author(s): 
Goel, R. K.
Prabha, T.
Kumar, M. Mohan
Dorababu, M.
Prakash, null
Singh, G.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Asparagus racemosus Willd. (Asparagaceae) is an important medicinal plant of tropical and subtropical India. Its medicinal usage has been reported in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. Asparagus racemosus is mainly known for its phytoestrogenic properties.

Author(s): 
Bopana, Nishritha
Saxena, Sanjay

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