Tian Men Dong - Asparagus Tuber

TCM Materia Medica

Tian Men Dong TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tian men dong" which in english is "asparagus tuber", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Nourish kidney yin, clear lung heat - yin deficiency with heat signs in the upper warmer, dryness of mouth, thick or blood-streaked sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
  • Moisten the lungs, nourish kidneys, generate fluids - lung and kidney yin deficiency, especially xiao ke, low grade afternoon fever, constipation.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, tian men dong is generally included in the following 4 formulas:

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    As noted above, tian men dong is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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