Tian Men Dong


Tian Men Dong in TCM:

Explore the properties of Tian Men Dong according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: asparagus tuber
Pharmacuetical Name: radix asparagi
Properties: sweet, bitter, very cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, KD

Flavors: sweet, bitter
Tonifies: yin

Special Properties:
resolves dryness, clears deficent heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes LU Yin; clears LU heat (lung dryness or yin deficiency with heat signs in upper jiao especially mouth dryness; thick or blood-streaked sputum difficult to expectorate)
  • Nourish KD yin; generates fluids (KD yin deficiency; xiao ke, consumption with low-grade fever, consumptive cough w/ blood streaked sputum, constipation due to dry intestines)
  • (cc: deficient cold of SP/ST with appetite loss and diarrhea)
  • (cc: wind-cold cough)

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Tian Men Dong is a antibiotic and antineoplastic (inhibitory effect against sarcoma in mice).