Asparagus

Legends, Myths and Stories:
Asparagus is a highly regarded herb worldwide. Chinese pharmacists save the best roots of this plant for their families and friends in the belief that it will increase feelings of compassion and love. In India, asparagus is used to promote fertility, reduce menstrual cramping and increase milk production in nursing mothers. In the Western world, it has been touted as an aphrodisiac. These customs and beliefs are not mere superstition: the root contains compounds called steroidal glycosides that directly affect hormone production and may very well influence emotions. High in folic acid, which is essential for production of new red blood cells. Eat the young shoots and seeds.

Uses:
Acts to increase cellular activity in the kidneys and so increases the rate of urine production. Do not use asparagus when the kidneys are inflamed. Encourages evacuation of the bowels by increasing fecal bulk with undigested fiber. Recommended for gout, dropsy, and rheumatism. Not recommended for podagra. The powdered seed relieves nausea and calms the stomach. Japanese report green asparagus aids protein conversion into amino acids. The roots considered diuretic, laxative, induce sweating. Chinese report that the roots can lower blood pressure. Seeds have antibiotic properties.

How Sold:
Supermarkets for vegetable tops Seed in powder form

Warning:
May cause dermatitis. Do not use asparagus if diarrhea is present. Do not use if kidneys are inflamed, because it increases the rate of urinary production.