Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus
Common Names: Asparagus, Satavari, Satamuli
Parts Used: Tuber (Root)
Asparagus is a perennial vegetable arising from a root system of fleshy rhizomes known as the "crown". It is grown for the immature stalk and is harvested in the spring. Asparagus is good for heart. It is found throughout India including tropical and subtropical parts.
Asparagus a weak creeper like thorny plant, greenish with numerous underground tubers. It is traditionally grown as a temperate crop but it has considerable potential for tropical. The Asparagus plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.
Asparagus derived its name from the ancient Greek, who used the work to refer to all tender shoots picked and savored while very young. Asparagus is used in India for making several kinds of drugs. According to Ayurvedic text it is very much useful in case of reproductive diseases.
The most important chemical constituents are Sitosterol, 4,6 Dihydroxy-2 (3 hydroxy isobutyl) benzaldehyde. It contains four saponins, (shatavarin) , these are steroidal saponins.
Benefits of using Asparagus herbs:
Asparagus is used by physicians and herbal specialist to treat diseases in the following conditions such as, Moistens dry tissues of the reproductive organs, kidneys, stomach and lungs.
Asparagus is known as the Indian 'Female Rejuvenative', as it is helpful in cases of low milk production, low sex drive, menopause, PMS, and infertility.
Asparagus is indicated in case of inflammatory disease. It also acts as an antioxidant and antiallergic.
Asparagus increased the force and rate of contraction in isolated frog's heart at moderate doses.
Asparagus is used by the Pharmaceutical Companies for making drugs, which is used in case of disease like cough dehydration, diarrhea, dysentery, fevers (chronic), hematemesis, herpes, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers etc.
Biological Name: Asparagus adscendens
Common Names: Sufed musli, Khairuva, Asparagus
Parts Used: Tuberous root or rhizome
Safed musli is a healthy plant with the ability to withstand severe fluctuations in climatic conditions. It is propagated by tubers and it is used in Ayurvedic medicines in India. Safed musli is well known for its aphrodisiac properties and it is primarily grown in Andhra Pradesh.
Safed Musli (Asparagus adscendens) belongs to the family of Liliaceae. It is a traditional medicinal plant found is natural forest right from east to western region in India. It is a annual herb of 1.5 feet high with sub-erect lanceolate leaves erect dense flowered racemoses of white colour and tuberous root system.
In Ayurvedic literature, Safed Musli is celebrated as a Divya Aushad with unparalleled medicinal properties. Safed Musli has its extensive use in Ayurveda and other conventional medicinal systems in Asia.
Safed Musli has several principal constituents like Steroidal glycosides. Several compounds like 3-heptadecanone, 8-hexadecenoic acid, methyl pentacosanoate, palmitic acid, stearic acid were also identified.
Benefits of using Safed Musli:
Safed Musli is used for the preparation of health tonic that is used in general weakness and debility.
Safed Musli is used in case of pre-natal and post-natal problems.
Safed Musli root powder fried in the GHEE, CHEWED in case of apthae of mouth and throat.
Safed Musli is found very effective in increasing male potency. It is considered as alternative to Viagra.
Safed Musli is used in formulations of Body-building medicines.
In India Safed Musli is used in PAN and GUTKHA.