The active ingredients in Shatavari are saponins, which are a type of steroid molecule. Shatavari contains two main saponins, shatavarin-I, which is unique to Shatavari, and Protodioscin, which is also found in the male libido-enhancer Tribulus. These saponins are hormonally active, and have been demonstrated to increase follicle-stimulating hormone in women. This, in turn, causes an increased production of oestrogen, which stimulates the libido centre in the brain, and also softens and lubricates the pelvic organs. Shatavari may also be a mild testosterone-enhancing effect in women, which can stimulate libido.
The Cholestatic Liver Disease Consortium (CLiC) is now part of ChiLDREN , the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network. The new and expanded network combines CLiC and the Biliary Atresia Research Consortium (BARC), as well as new studies on cystic fibrosis liver disease. This consolidation seeks to facilitate the discovery of new diagnostics, etiologic, and treatment options for children with rare liver diseases, and those who undergo liver transplantation, and to train the next generation of investigators in rare pediatric liver diseases.