July 30, 2016

Asparagus

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What other names is Asparagus known by?

Asparagi Rhizoma Root, Asparagus longifolius, Asparagus officinalis, Asperge, Asperge Comestible, Asperge Commune, Asperge Officinale, Asperges, Espárrago, Espárragos, Garden Asparagus, Spargelkraut, Spargelwurzelstock, Sparrow Grass.

What is Asparagus?

Asparagus is a plant. The newly formed shoots (spears), root, and "underground stems" (rhizomes) are used to make medicine.

Asparagus is used along with lots of fluids as "irrigation therapy" to increase urine output. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections and other conditions of the urinary tract that cause pain and swelling.

Other uses include treatment of joint pain (rheumatism), hormone imbalances in women, dryness in the lungs and throat, constipation, nerve pain (neuritis), AIDS, cancer, and diseases caused by parasites.

Asparagus is also used for preventing stones in the kidney and bladder and anemia due to folic acid deficiency.

Some people apply asparagus directly to the skin for cleaning the face, drying sores, and treating acne.

In foods, asparagus spears are eaten as a vegetable. This can produce a pungent odor in the urine.

The seed and root extracts of asparagus are used in alcoholic beverages.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the urinary tract.
  • Increasing urine production ("irrigation therapy") when taken with lots of water.
  • Joint pain and swelling that resembles arthritis (rheumatism).
  • Hormone imbalances in women.
  • Dryness in the lungs and throat.
  • AIDS.
  • Constipation.
  • Nerve pain and swelling (neuritis).
  • Parasitic diseases.
  • Cancer.
  • Preventing kidney stones.
  • Preventing bladder stones.
  • Preventing anemia due to levels of folic acid that are too low (folic acid deficiency).
  • Acne, when applied to the skin.
  • Face cleaning, when applied to the skin.
  • Drying sores, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of asparagus for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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