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Asparagus racemosus is a plant used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). The root is used to make medicine.
Don’t confuse asparagus racemosus with Asparagus officinalis, which is the type of asparagus that is commonly eaten as a vegetable.
People use asparagus racemosus for upset stomach (dyspepsia), constipation, stomach spasms, and stomach ulcers. It is also used for fluid retention, pain, anxiety, cancer, diarrhea, bronchitis, tuberculosis, dementia, and diabetes.
Some people use it to ease alcohol withdrawal.
Women use asparagus racemosus for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and uterine bleeding; and to start breast milk production.
Asparagus racemosus is also used to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).
How does it work?
There is not enough information available about asparagus racemosus to know how it might work for any medical use. There is some scientific research in test tubes and in animals suggesting that asparagus racemosus has antioxidant and antibacterial effects, and might improve the immune system. There is interest in using asparagus racemosus for diabetes, since some test tube research shows that asparagus racemosus can stimulate insulin secretion.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Stomach spasms.
- Uterine bleeding.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Upset stomach.
- Stomach ulcers.
- Easing alcohol withdrawal.
- Starting breast milk production.
- Other conditions.
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).
LithiumInteraction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Asparagus racemosus might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking asparagus racemosus might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
The appropriate dose of asparagus racemosus depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for asparagus racemosus. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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Gautam M, Diwanay S, Gairola S, et al. Immunoadjuvant potential of Asparagus racemosus aqueous extract in experimental system. J Ethnopharmacol 2004;91:251-5. View abstract.
Hannan JM, Marenah L, Ali L, et al. Insulin secretory actions of extracts of Asparagus racemosus root in perfused pancreas, isolated islets and clonal pancreatic beta-cells. J Endocrinol 2007;192:159-68. View abstract.
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Mandal D, Banerjee S, Mondal NB, et al. Steroidal saponins from the fruits of Asparagus racemosus. Phytochemistry 2006;67:1316-21. View abstract.
Mandal SC, Kumar C K A, Mohana Lakshmi S, et al. Antitussive effect of Asparagus racemosus root against sulfur dioxide-induced cough in mice. Fitoterapia 2000;71:686-9.
Parihar MS, Hemnani T. Experimental excitotoxicity provokes oxidative damage in mice brain and attenuation by extract of Asparagus racemosus. J Neural Transm 2004;111:1-12. View abstract.
Saxena VK, Chourasia S. A new isoflavone from the roots of Asparagus racemosus. Fitoterapia 2001;72:307-9. View abstract.
Venkatesan N, Thiyagarajan V, Narayanan S, et al. Anti-diarrhoeal potential of Asparagus racemosus wild root extracts in laboratory animals. J Pharm Pharm Sci 2005;8:39-46. View abstract.