Wild Asparagus Root

Wild Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong)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.

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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.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

A member of the Asparagaceae family, the genus has about 300 asparagus varieties. A. cochinchinensis is a climbing perennial herb. Stems are thin with longitudinal grooves. 2-3 leafy branches cluster in leaf axils that are linear and flat. Leaves are reduced to scales and on the main stem often turn into short re-curved spines. 1-3 yellowish white or white flowers cluster at leaf axils. The berry is spherical and red when ripe. Flowering time is in May.   Seeds take at least a year or more to go to crop.

It is found wild in the mountains or it can be cultivated. It likes water but not water-logged areas.

Wild Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong)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.

Key Constituents:

Asparagine, Steroids, Saponin, Amino acids, Octulose, Oligosaccharides, Mucilage.

Did you know?

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.

Fun fact!

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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