Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong)
Latin: Asparagus cochinchinensis
Parts Used: Roots
Taste/Energetics: Sweet, Bitter, Cooling
Properties: Moistening tonic and nutritive herb, anxiolytic, demulcent, antitussive. diuretic
Actions: In Chinese medicine this root is known as one of the best yin tonics. That means it is especially useful for folks who feel worn out, exhausted with dryness and “false heat” symptoms along with insomnia, irritability, anxiety, frustration and anger. In India this is one of the most prized tonic herbs and is noted to specifically help women to strengthen the reproductive system promote fertility, relieve menstrual irregularity and cramping and improve milk flow. It is wonderful for dry coughs, sore throats, and bronchitis.
Mental Health: It is often helpful for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritic conditions, exhaustion, fatigue, depression, and those who need deep nutritive tonic support.
Dose: Take 3-5 ml tincture twice a day. Really its best to take this herb as a decoction in tea form to really get its moistening, enriching and tonic properties. 1-2 tablespoons decocted for 30 minutes.