Asparagus cochinchinensis (scientific name: Asparagus cochinchinensis (Lour.) Merr, Chinese Pinyin: Tian Men Dong, Simplified Chinese: 天门冬), is a species of perennial flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Asparagus (Asparagaceae family). Found in the edge of forest, wetland and hillside (from between 0 to 1,000 meters in elevation) in China, Korea, Japan, Laos and Vietnam, the plant can grow up to 200 cm tall. The dried root of Asparagus cochinchinensis is used as antipyretic, antitussive and aperitive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as breast cancer.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The dried root of Asparagus cochinchinensis is considered to have bitter, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and kidney meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Asparagus Cochinchinensis & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Breast Cancer
Asparagus cochinchinensis root is one of the major herbs used in treating breast cancer, the healing rate of fibroadenoma is high according to recent studies.
Pills made with Asparagus cochinchinensis root, wine, maltose and Aster tataricus is taken orally to treat lung dysfunction related coughing.
3.3 Pain And Swelling Relieving
A decoction of Asparagus cochinchinensis root and the root of three-nerved spicebush is taken orally to relieve painful scrotal swelling.
3.4 Skin Health
Juice of Asparagus cochinchinensis root is taken orally with fine wine to treat ulcers.
3.5 Strengthening Immunity
Medical wine made with roots of Siberian dwarf pine as well as other materials can be used to boost our immune system and make our body’s natural defenses run more smoothly (other materials include: prepared rehmannia root, raw rehmannia root, astragalus propinquus (processed with honey), dried tangerine or orange peel, Angelica sinensis, Mangnolia officinalis, white paeony root, ginseng, bitter orange, rhizoma atractylodis, pinellia ternata, Asparagus cochinchinensis root, tuber of dwarf lilyturf, fructus amomi, coptis, elecampane, Sichuan pepper, walnut kernel, red dates, aged rice and fresh rice).
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.