—Asparagus Officinalis. This vegetable requires but little, as it is well known, and often seen in markets, tied in bundles of a hundred for sale. It is cultivated in gardens; but in the south of England, near the sea coasts, it grows wild; and the roots of the wild are medicinally better than those in gardens.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Asparagus:

asparagus The roots generally used, which are very diuretic, aperient, and alterative, or deobstruent; their action being caused by the presence of an alkaloid, called Asparagin, given chiefly for dropsy, consumption, and undue action of the heart. It has been known singly to cure the jaundice and dropsy. It is best given in decoction. The dose is a teacupful three times a day. Of the extract from 20 to 60 grains. Of the Syrup from 1 to 4 ounces a day. The latter is most useful in Phthisis. The roots decocted in white wine, is a good external remedy for pains in the kidneys, bladder, cramp, and benumbed limbs! This is the French method of making Asparagin, which is so effectual :—Wrap the stalks of Asparagus in moistened linen for a few days in a warm place, till decomposed, which may he known by their unpleasant smell. Beat in a mortar with water sufficient to dilute the viscid juice, press the juice strongly through a cloth, and heat in order to coagulate the albumen and chlorophylle. Then filter, and concentrate in a marine bath; do it a second time, and then boil down to the consistence of syrup, and put it in a cool place. The vessel containing the liquid will be lined with crystals of asparagine, covered with extractive matter; purify them by washing in cold water, or diluted spirit.
Important Disclaimer:   The information contained on this web site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. Any information presented is not a substitute for professional medical advice and should not take the place of any prescribed medication. Please do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consultation with your physician.

This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

Browse Herbs Alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


eXTReMe Tracker
Privacy Policy | Site News | About