Letter to the Editor
In the article on drugs affecting milk supply during lactation, the author states that Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) has possible teratogenicity so it should be avoided in pregnancy.1
Shatavari is an ingredient in most herbal teas which are recommended to be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Can the author give an explanation of why Shatavari is considered a teratogen when it is widely used in readily available teas?
- McGuire TM. Drugs affecting milk supply during lactation. Aust Prescr 2018;41:7-9.
- Pandey SK, Sahay A, Pandey RS, Tripathi YB. Effect of Asparagus racemosus rhizome (Shatavari) on mammary gland and genital organs of pregnant rat. Phytother Res 2005;19:721-4.
- Gaitondé BB, Jetmalani MH. Antioxytocic action of saponin isolated from Asparagus racemosus Willd (Shatavari) on uterine muscle. Arch Int Pharmacodyn Ther 1969;179:121-9.
- Goel RK, Prabha T, Kumar MM, Dorababu M, Prakash, Singh G. Teratogenicity of Asparagus racemosus Willd root, a herbal medicine. Indian J Exp Biol 2006;44:570-3.
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