Asparagus is the terminal area of the stems of the asparagus plant (young buds), which grow into the sunlight. They remain white since they do not contain chlorophyll. While asparagus is an exquisite food; however, when taken for medicinal purposes, green asparagus is better because they present a higher concentration of active components.
Asparagus Plant Scientific Facts
- Scientific Name – Asparagus officinalis L.
- French – Asperge.
- Spanish – Esparraguera, esparrago.
- Environment – This plant is widely spread on sandy soils and river banks in central and southern Europe and most of America. It is cultivated in many countries in Europe and America.
- Description – Herbaceous plant of the Liliaceae family, growing up to one and a half meters high. From its stem, soft needles grow, which are modified branches. It has very small leaves and flowers, whose color is white or greyish. The fruits are red berries.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally – Young stems (asparagus) and the root.
The ASPARAGUS plant contains asparagine (a substance that gives urine a special odor), glycosides (conipherine and vanillin), metylmercaptane, an essential oil, rhutine, and tannin. These are its properties.
- Diuretic – The listed substances act on kidneys, stimulating their elimination action and provoking a massive increase in urine production. Asparagus consumption is beneficial whenever the stimulation of renal functions is required, especially for edema (retention of liquids) and obesity (asparagus are low in calories).
- Depurative – Asparagus treatments have rendered good results for chronic eczema due to their stimulating properties on the eliminating functions of the skin.
- Laxative – Asparagus fiber increases fecal bolus, recommended for chronic constipation.
Moreover, asparagus ROOT contains saponin and certain sugars. It has the same diuretic properties as asparagus.
When taken in high doses, asparagus irritates renal tissues; therefore, they must not be taken to treat nephritis, glomerulonephritis, or other inflammatory kidney conditions.
How to use Asparagus
- Wild or cultivated asparagus are consumed in different cookery recipes.
- Dry root of asparagus is used via infusion, prepared with 50 grams per liter of water. Drink three cups daily.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 649. Print [asparagus plant]