The root tuber of Asparagus cochinchinensis (Lour.) Merr., family Liliaceae.
tuber long-cambiform, slightly curved, 5-18 cm long. Surface with bark
removed appearing yellow-white to yellow-brown, semi-opaque, slightly
longitudinally wrinkled. Fracture surface showing a narrow stele and a
broad cortex. Soft and sticky in texture. Sweet and bitter in taste ,
cold in nature, and attributive to lung and kidney channels.
Nourish yin, clear away heat, moisturize the lung and benefit the kidney:
For yin-deficiency with lungdryness manifested as dry cough, hemoptysis,
dry throat and thirst; diabetes with consumption of body fluid; yin-deficiency
with hectic fever, night sweat, noctumal emission, flaccidity of lower
limbs; constipation due to dryness of intestine. Recently, used for chronic
pharyngolaryngitis, whooping cough, mammary hyperplasia, breast cancer,
malignant lymphoma, etc.
and B-sitosterol are the chief components.
1. Asparamide is an expectorant, antitussive and antiasthmatic.
2. Inhibiting the cell growth of acute lymphocytic, acute monocytic and
chronic granulocytic leukemias in vitro.
5-15g; 30g of herb stewed with wine three times daily for breast diseases.