Asparagus Asparagus is an essential and yet endangered plant of tropical and subtropical India that has been included in the Indian and British Pharmacopoeias because of its various medicinal uses in scientific as well as in indigenous systems of medicine. The plant has been described in Ayurveda as an aphrodisiac, diuretic, and antispasmodic since ancient times, and earliest mention of it is in Rigveda which was written between 4500 and 1600 BC.
Quick Facts about Asparagus or Asparagus racemosus Willd Nomenclature Common name: Satavar, Satamul Sanskrit name: Narayani, Vari, Abhiru, Atirasa English name: Asparagus Scientific name: Asparagus racemosus Bio energetics Rasa: Madhura, Tikta
Guna: Guru, Snigdha Virya: Sheeta Vipaka: Madhura Karma: Shukrala, Balya, Hrdya, Medhya, Pittahara, Rasayana, Vrshya, Shukraja, Kaphavataghna, Vataharaa, Stanyakara, Netrya, Agnipushtikara
Habitat The plant is a woody, spiny under-shrub, with tuberous, short rootstock that grows in subtropical parts of India up to an altitude of 1500 m. The roots are used for medicinal purposes, and it has bright red berries around April. The genus Asparagus has about 300 species, out of which 22 are found in India and Asparagus racemosus is the most commonly used species in the country.
Chemical constituents The major active constituents of asparagus’ root are steroidal saponins, while its other active constituents of the plant include quercetin, rutin and hyperoside, which are present in the flowers and fruits; and diosgenin and quercetin-3 glucuronide are found in the leaves. A polycyclic alkaloid compound called ‘asparagamine’ is one of the most important chemical constituents— it has an extraordinary anti-oxytocin activity.
Health benefits Asparagus has been found through research to prevent or cure the following health disorders: Lack of oestrogen, menopause, cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis:Asparagamine, a compound isolated from asparagus, acts as a phyto-oestrogen (a plant-derived hormone that acts like oestrogen) in many ways, and so is useful in oestrogen replacement therapy; which is assigned to women who are approaching menopause to prevent cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases: Asparagus, a well-known nerve tonic in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, has also been proved by scientific research to have an
antioxidant and neuro-protective effect and hence help against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Cancers: Asparagus acts as an immunomodulator that is helpful in the restoration of normal health after or during chemotherapy, and hence is helpful in the treatment of cancer. Depression: In Ayurveda, asparagus is considered an adaptogen, which is a drug that helps relieve stress, and scientifically the plant has been proved to have considerable anti-depressant activity. High Cholesterol levels: The extract of asparagus have hypocholesteremic effect and prevent the accumulation of lipids in the blood as well as blood vessels. Hence it is useful to those with high cholesterol levels, as well as those suffering with cardiac problems due to cholesterol. Liver damage: The antioxidant properties of asparagus have it scavenging for free radicals and repairing the liver. It helps to remove the source of damage in the liver, hence giving it a hepato-protective effect and being beneficial in cases of liver damage. J. S. Negi, 15 years Research in Ayurvedic Medicine. Provide Organic Powder Please Contact:Mail id- firstname.lastname@example.org Skype- jsnegi.negi