Wild Asparagus Root
Wild Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong)
Botanical Name: Asparagaceae cochinchinensis, Asparagus officinallis
Wild Asparagus Root, Tian Men Dong, is called Shatavri (“She who has a thousand husbands”) in India. It is a tonic for the lungs, heart and spirit, promoting compassion and love. It is used by both men and woman but is especially used by woman to aid female disorders from PMS to menopause to sexual dysfunction. It is often eaten raw. The best qualify is considered to be soft, chewy and sweet like a jelly bean.
Below is an overview of Wild Asparagus Root, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Wild Asparagus Root.
Western Name: Wild Asparagus Root
Also Known As: Asparagus Tuber
Organs/Systems: Lungs, Moistening Tonic
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Adaptogen, Diuretic, Tonic, Moistening.
Pin Yin: Tian Men Dong
Also Known As: Shatavri,Tian Dong, Radix Asparagi
Meridians: Lung, Kidney, Heart
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonifies Yin/Clears Lung Heat: Yin deficiency with heat signs in the upper burner, typically dry mouth. Tonifies Lung/Moistens and Purifies the Lungs: generates fluids, especially used for wasting and thirsting disorder, moistens skin. Calms Shen (Spirit) and Treats Constipation Due to Dry Intestines.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Root, Stems
Flavors/Temps: Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Cold
Caution: Not recommended for Damp Spleen deficiency conditions.
History/Folklore: Tian Men Dong has a long history as a female rejuvenation tonic, with all generations of women using it. It is considered an excellent reproductive and sex tonic. It is famous for softening skin and preventing the signs of aging, which are important signs of radiant health in the Taoist tradition.
The Chinese have a saying that “wisdom comes from the lungs.” As a major lung tonic, Tian Men Dong helps supports the lungs function in transitioning old painful experiences into wisdom. It helps the lungs extract “Heavenly Qi” from the air we breath, making us stronger, calmer and less depressed.
Taoists used the herb to help them on their path to radiant health and spiritual awareness. Taoists felt the herb balanced the internal functions of the body and if you consumed enough of it over a long time you will feel so light you can fly. This being a reference to the plants support of spiritual attainments. Wild Asparagus Root is credited by Taoists to strengthen Shen (Spirit), the Vital Treasure associated with a persons spirit.
The best quality is red wild asparagus, a treasure to Taoists who called it the “flying herb” or “The Divine Spirit Herb.” A powder ground from Tian Men Dong is said to have excellent skin whitening properties. Studies show it can increase peripheral white blood cell count and boost humeral immunity.
Asparagine, Steroids, Saponin, Amino acids, Octulose, Oligosaccharides, Mucilage.
Protection From Illness
The “Compendium of Materia Medica” states that preserved asparagus in alcohol is an anti-aging product that will tonify the Five Zang-organs and regulate the Six Fu-organs, protecting the drinker from illness.
Asparagus root has been found to induce interferon production in human beings.
Peace of Mind
Wild Asparagus is said to promote peace of mind, a strong mind, good memory and counter the effects of stress.
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