Asparagus root (Asparagi rhizoma)

Published July 12, 1991.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Spargelwurzelstock

Name of Drug

Asparagi rhizoma, asparagus root.

Composition of Drug

Asparagus root consists of the rhizome of Asparagus officinalis L. [Fam. Liliaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage. The rhizome contains saponins.

Uses

Irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and for prevention of kidney stones.

Contraindications

Inflammatory kidney diseases.

Note: No irrigation therapy if edema exists because of functional heart or kidney disorders.

Side Effects

In rare cases, allergic skin reactions.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

45 - 60 g of rhizome; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Cut rhizome for teas, as well as other galenical preparations for internal use.

Note: Irrigation therapy:

Be sure to provide adequate fluids. Actions Animal experiments indicate a diuretic effect.