Asparagus ( 天门冬 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Asparagi Cochinchinensis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Tian Men Dong

Common English Name

Chinese Asparagus

Part of Plant Used





Sweet, bitter

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Kidneys

Common Usages

This herb is used for its moistening effects in formulas that treat dry coughs or coughs where there is thick sputum streaked with blood; dry skin; excessive thirst; and the early stages of the "Thirsting and Wasting Syndrome" of diabetes (TCM: internal fire and dryness symptoms of excess yang; deficient Lung Yin; deficient Kidney Yin).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Nourishes the Yin and clears heat; moistens the Lungs and nourishes the Kidneys.

Common Formulas Used In

Ginseng and Zizyphus

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is deficiency-cold diarrhea.

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