Asparagus purifies your blood by sending toxins out through your urinary tract, and it has the capacity to eliminate water through the kidneys. Too much asparagus may irritate the kidney and is contraindicated for kidney inflammation. When you cook asparagus it becomes slightly slippery and slimy like licorice or oatmeal. This demulcent quality serves to coat and soothe mucus membranes of the digestive and urinary tracts, causing asparagus to act as a balm for inflammation. Its cold astringency adds to this soothing effect. If you notice a little burning sensation when you pee, have some asparagus and see what happens!
You may notice that after eating asparagus you need to make an extra trip to the bathroom. On these trips, you might have noticed that asparagus even makes your pee smell funny. 


Taste: Sweet, bitter, , astringent

Natural Attributes: light, moist

Tissue impact (Vipak): Nourishing

Thermal impact (Virya): Cooling

Dosha impact: Beneficial for all three doshas, decreases  kapha and Pitta, Vata use with caution

Digestive impact (Agni): easy to digest

Channels (Srotas): opens 

Feces: mild laxative

Urine: strong diuretic

Strength (Bala): improves strength and immunity

Mind (Manas): Sattvic

Effect: Expectorant, aphrodisiac, tonic, Demulcent, detoxicant, hypotensive

Chinese five element impact: 

Chinese medicine syndromes: Strengthens Liver and Kidney Yin

Medicinal properties 

  • Nourishment (rasa): diabetes 
  • Blood-circulation-liver: cardiac sedative, vascular problems such as hypertension and arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, liver excess, purifying blood, water retention, dry mouth, edema
  • Nervous system: nerve sedative
  • Reproductive and hormonal systems: female system, clearing the lymphatic system
  • Skin: dry skin
  • Kidney-Bladder: kidney problems, bladder infections, burning urination
  • Respiratory system: moistening lungs, dry cough, sticky phlegm, tuberculosis
  • Digestive system:  constipation due to dryness of intestines

Harmful: diarrhea due to coldness in spleen, cough due to cold wind, kidney inflammation


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