Benefits of Asparagus (Shatawar)

Vegatable

Botanical Name : Asparagus officinalis

Family Name      : Liliaceae

Hindi Name         : Shatawar

Description

The generic name is derived from the Greek spargao, turgid. Asparagus grows on a perennial plant with a small rhizome, the stems can grow to over 6112 ft. (2m.). It has many long, delicate branches and subulate branchlets which resemble leaves. The shoots grow directly from the rhizome. The fruit is red berry containing four seeds.

Distribution

Normally a cultivated plant, asparagus is often found growing wild throughout Europe in sandy areas. Its medicinal part is gathered after the shoots have been cut. It is available abundantly in India, China, Britain, Taiwan, Africa and Malaysia.

Parts Used

Rhizome.

Properties

Diuretic, anti-plethoric, anti-dropsical, aphrodisiac, anti-leukaemic etc.

Forms of Use

Decoction, tincture, pulp, powder.

Medicinal Uses

It has multi-purpose therapeutic properties as described here:

(i) It has similar sedative effect on heart as the false hellebore  (Adonis helieborus).

(ii) Asparagus is an excellent food for heart. A food medicine for weak and enlarged heart, its juice with honey three times daily will be highly useful.

(iii) The dried roots of asparagus are used in Unani medicine as an aphrodisiac which arouse sexual desire. It is sold in market as Safed musli. Roots boiled in milk are used as demulcent or soothing medicine. Its regular use thickens the semen and is valuable in impotency.

Note : Its consumption is not recommended for anyone suffering from kidney stones, cystitis, diabetes, nephritis or gout.

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