– Asparagus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Asparagoideae.
– It comprises up to 300 species. Most are evergreen long-lived perennial plants growing from the understory as lianas, bushes or climbing plants.
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Asparagus Cochinchinensis (chin. : tiānméndōng 天門冬)
– It is a perennial plant that flourishes mostly in China, Japan and Korea. Tian Men Dong actually translates to “Lush Winter Aerial Plant”.
– Used in traditional Chinese medicine.
– The edible parts of the plant are its fruit and roots.
– The tubers have been used in Chinese medicine for lung and kidney cleansing, and to treat chest pain, cough, bloody phlegm and dry stools.
– Asparagus is more bitter and cold in nature, which makes it possess more powerful ability on clearing fire and moistening dryness.
– Appropriate for syndromes of kidney-yin deficiency and the hyperactivity of deficient fire.
– It treats dry mouth, fever, aversion to wind and cold, chest pain, and hemoptysis or blood streaked sputum.
– For dry cough, cough with scanty sticky sputum, or cough with blood streaked sputum and difficult to expectorate.
– It generates fluids and moistens dryness