Medicinal Value of Asparagus

The medicinal value of asparagus is not a secret. It has in fact been recorded even before the time of Christ. People have enjoyed this vegetable, not just for its taste, bur for its curative effects.

The botanical name of asparagus is ‘asparagus officinalis.’ The word ‘officinalis’ has been added to its name because asparagus has been recognized as an official therapeutic herb. In women, it has been popularly known to assist in reducing the symptoms of PMS or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome by maintaining a balance in the hormones.

It is also helpful in the promotion of fertility, increasing breast milk production for nursing mothers and of reducing the chances of birth defects in pregnant women.

Although it has not been proven yet, people believe asparagus to be a great diuretic. Ancient people have used this vegetable to clean, stimulate and strengthen the kidneys and bladder. The diuretic action of asparagus is said to be more pronounced if a person drinks fresh spears juice.

In Chinese traditional medicine, asparagus roots are considered a spirit tonic that is said to open up the centre of the heart and stimulate feelings of goodwill and encourage peace of mind. Chinese herbalism uses this spear-like veggie to purify the lungs which is why it is especially beneficial to those with respiratory problems.

The Greeks view asparagus as an aphrodisiac which help enhance the feelings of love. This is probably because the vegetable contains steroidal glycosides which stimulate and promote such positive feelings.