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Asparagus  (asparagus officinalis)

 

 

Family: Liliaceae

 

 

 

---Medicinal Action and Uses---The virtues of Asparagus are well known as a diuretic and laxative; and for those of sedentary habits who suffer from symptoms of gravel, it has been found very beneficial, as well as in cases of dropsy. The fresh expressed juice is taken medicinally in tablespoonful doses.

The young buds or branches boiled in ordinary broth, make the belly soluble and open. Boiled in white wine they prevent the urine being stopped. It is good against strangury or difficulty of making water. It expels the gravel and stone out of the kidneys and helps pains in the reins. Boiled in white wine or vinegar it is prevalent for them that have their arteries loosened, or are troubled with the hip-gout or sciatica.
The decoction of the roots boiled in wine and taken, is good to clear the sight and being held in the mouth eases the toothache. The back and belly bathed with the decoction, or sitting therein as a bath, has been found effectual against pains of the reins and bladder, pains of the mother and colic, and generally against all pains that happen to the lower parts of the body. It is no less effectual against stiff and benumbed sinews, or those that are shrunk by cramps and convulsions, and sciatica.

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A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I-K - L - M - N-O - P - Q-R - S - T - U-V - W-Y

Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.