Asparagus ( 天门冬 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Tian Men Dong
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
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
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is deficiency-cold diarrhea.