INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Asparagi
Common English: Asparagus Tuber
Shiny Asparagus Tuber
Herbs that Tonify the Yin
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Bitter
Very Cold
Kidney
Lung
(Stomach)
5-15g
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Nourishes Kidney Yin, clears Lung Heat and sedates Fire

Lung Yin Deficiency with Heat signs in the upper Jiao such as Dryness of the mouth,

Dryness of the Lung with dry mouth and a dry, non-productive cough or a productive cough with scanty, viscous, Blood-streaked sputum

Kidney Yin Deficiency

Jing Deficiency due to Kidney Yin Deficiency with leg atrophy

Moistens the Lungs, nourishes the Kidneys,
generates fluids and resolves Phlegm

Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency, especially wasting and thirsting disorder(upper, middle and lower)and consumption with low-grade afternoon fever

Constipation due to dry Intestines

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with diarrhea and anorexia due to Spleen Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with cough due to Wind-Cold.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Bul. Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Chuan Bei Mu
Bul. Lilii
Bai He

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Rx. Panacis Quinquifolii
Xi Yang Shen
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

A dry cough, thirst and other symptoms due to Yin Deficiency and injured fluids.

Aftermath of a febrile disease.

Chronic dry cough due to Heat with difficult to expectorate sputum due to Lung Deficiency.

Qi and Yin Deficiency with dry throat, thirst, low-grade fever and debility in the aftermath of a severe illness.

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Fol. Mori
Sang Ye
Rx. Adenophorae
Nan Sha Shen
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
(Sm. Sojae Preparatum)
(Dan Dou Chi)

Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
(Fr. Trichosanthis)
(Gua Lou)
(Gypsum Fibrosum)
(Shi Gao)

Debility and low grade fever due to Yin Deficiency or after febrile disease.

Warm-Dryness with fever, slight aversion to Wind, cough with Blood-streaked sputum and chest pain.

Cough and wheezing with thick, yellow, viscous sputum due to Blazing Lung Fire.

Pseudobulbus Cremastrae/Pleiones
Shan Ci Gu

Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Lung consumption or Lung abscess.

Fire or Dryness in the Lungs and Kidneys with emaciation, tidal afternoon fever, parched throat and a dry cough with blood streaked-sputum.

Upper Jiao wasting and thirsting disorder.

Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Middle Jiao wasting and thirsting disorder.

Lower Jiao wasting and thirsting disorder.

Constipation due to Yin Deficiency.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Polygoni Multiflori Preparata
Zhi He Shou Wu

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Sm. .Cannabis
Huo Ma Ren
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Hb. Hedyotis Diffusae
Bai Hua She She Cao

Constipation due to Blood Deficiency.

Constipation.

Fibrocystic breast disorders.

Breast cancer.

Lymphatic cancer.

Malignant lymphoma.

Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye
Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou

Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao
Rx. Cynanchi Atrati
Bai Wei
Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi
Rx. Stellariae
Yin Chai Hu
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Plastrum Testudinis
Gui Ban
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong

Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Chronic dry cough with Blood.

Steaming bone sensations, flushed cheeks and night sweats.

Upper Jiao wasting and thirsting disorder with polydipsia.

Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Sm. Nelumbinis
Lian Xu

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Stemonae
Bai Bu
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Hb. Dendrobii
Shi Hu
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Middle Jiao wasting and thirsting disorder with polyphagia.

Lower Jiao wasting and thirsting disorder with polyuria.

Chronic respiratory disorders such as tuberculosis or cancer.

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
He Shou Wu
Mel
Feng Mi

Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Hb. Dendrobii
Shi Hu

Constipation due to Yin Deficiency and Heat.

Constipation due to Blood Deficiency and Heat.

Sore throat due to deficient Fire.

Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen
Rx. Sophorae Tonkinensis
Shan Dou Gen
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

 

 

Sore throat due to Lung Heat.

 

 

  1. It is often used with Tub. Ophiopogonis Mai Men Dong as a syrup.
  2. It is used in combination with other Yin tonics to treat feverishness in the upper body.
  3. It can be used alone for a mild dry cough.
  4. Some sources say that this herb has diuretic properties.
  5. Some sources say that taking this herb with meat increases the production of milk for nursing mothers.
  6. One source says that it breaks up Blood Stagnation.
  7. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  8. One source says that this herb cures pyogenic Lung cancer.
  9. This herb is said to cure pyogenic sores, abdominal masses and carbuncles.
  10. For swelling and carbuncles, wash and grind 30-150g of Tian Men Dong, filter with wine and take orally.
  11. For chronic stomatitis, use equal portions of Tian Men Dong, Rx. Ophiopogonis Mai Men Dong and Rx. Scrophulariae Xuan Shen, make into honey-coated pills and suck on one pill a day.
  12. This herb is said to eliminate foul body odor.
  13. Rx. Trichosanthis Tian Huang Fen, Tub. Ophiopogonis Japonici Mai Men Dong, and Tub. Asparagi Tian Men Dong all clear Heat and moisten the Lungs. The first is best for Lung Heat from Stomach Heat, the second is best for Lung Heat from Heart Fire and the last is best for Lung Dryness from Kidney Yin Deficiency.
  14. Both Tian Men Dong and Rx. Ophiopogonis Mai Men Dong nourish Lung Yin, moisten Dryness and stop coughs and are used together for dry coughs with Blood tinged sputum, thirst due to injured Yin and constipation from Intestinal Dryness. Mai Men Dong is slightly cold and less Yin-nourishing but is less greasy and cloying than Tian Men Dong, and can eliminate irritability which Tian Men Dong cannot do. Tian Men Dong is very cold and more strongly clears Heat and moistens Dryness. It also enriches Kidney Yin which Mai Men Dong cannot do.
  15. Fresh Asparagus Tuber Xian Tian Dong are colder, rich, moistening and very nourishing to the Yin and fluids and are used for insatiable thirst that nothing else will quench.
  16. Succus Asparagi, Raw Asparagus Juice Sheng Tian Men Dong Zhi is very cold, sweet and tasty with a strong ability to nourish Yin and generate fluids. It also cools the Blood and stops bleeding especially bleeding related to Lung or Stomach Heat. It is especially suited to those who cannot eat and are vomiting Blood due to Stomach Heat.
  17. Dry-fried Asparagus Tuber Chao Tian Dong has a reduced greasy, cloying effect and facilitates digestion.
  18. Honey-prepared Asparagus Tuber Mi Zhi Tian Dong is better able to moisten the Lungs and stop coughs due to Lung Yin Deficiency.
  19. Cinnabar Asparagus Tuber Zhu Tian Dong has a Spirit-calming action that is most appropriate to treat insomnia, irritability or emotional disturbance associated with Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency.