Shatavari is processed for consumption from the root of the plant, which is a branched shrub that grows in forests throughout India with short rootstock and succulent roots. The root is dug out of the ground, ground up, and dried before use. Traditional Ayurveda encourages the ingestion of Shatavari in powdered form, but it can also be easily obtained as a tablet or a liquid extract. Because the experience of taste helps to kick-start the digestive process, it is suggested that users follow Ayurvedic traditions in its preparation. As a member of the Asparagus family, Shatavari should not be used by anyone experiencing allergies to common asparagus. Because it is said to encourage an excess of kapha, Shatavari should be used sparingly by those who are already prone to this imbalance.