Asparagus Racemosus

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What other names is Asparagus Racemosus known by?

Aheruballi, Asparagus, Asparagus Root, Asperge des Indes, Asperge Indienne, Asperge Sauvage, Asperges Racemosus, Chatavali, Espárrago Racemosus, Espárragos Racemosus, Indian Asparagus, Inli-chedi, Kairuwa, Majjigegadde, Narbodh, Norkanto, Philli-gaddalu, Satavari, Satawar, Satawari, Satmooli, Satmuli, Shatamuli, Shatavari, Shatmuli, Shimaishadavari, Sitawari, Toala-gaddalu, Wild Asparagus.

What is Asparagus Racemosus?

Asparagus racemosus is a plant used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda). The root is used to make medicine.

Don't confuse asparagus racemosus with Asparagus officinalis, which is the type of asparagus that is commonly eaten as a vegetable.

People use asparagus racemosus for upset stomach (dyspepsia), constipation, stomach spasms, and stomach ulcers. It is also used for fluid retention, pain, anxiety, cancer, diarrhea, bronchitis, tuberculosis, dementia, and diabetes.

Some people use it to ease alcohol withdrawal.

Women use asparagus racemosus for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and uterine bleeding; and to start breast milk production.

Asparagus racemosus is also used to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of asparagus racemosus for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Asparagus Racemosus work?

There is not enough information available about asparagus racemosus to know how it might work for any medical use. There is some scientific research in test tubes and in animals suggesting that asparagus racemosus has antioxidant and antibacterial effects, and might improve the immune system. There is interest in using asparagus racemosus for diabetes, since some test tube research shows that asparagus racemosus can stimulate insulin secretion.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough information available to know if asparagus racemosus is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of asparagus racemosus during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Asparagus racemosus might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking asparagus racemosus might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing considerations for Asparagus Racemosus.

The appropriate dose of asparagus racemosus depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for asparagus racemosus. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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