Asparagi rhizoma

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Asparagus rootstock; Radix asparagi; rhizoma asparagus

Definition
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Asparagi rhizoma, also known as asparagus rootstock, is a drug used in herbal medicinal products to treat inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract, among others(Commission E).

Ingredients
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Asparagus rootstock contains saponins, for example the steroid saponins asparagosides A, B, D and G, diosgenin and yamogenin. Other ingredients are proteins, minerals (including large amounts of calcium salts); the amino acids arginine and aspartic acid as well as inulin-like fructans such as asparagosine, asparagose.

Effects
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Extracts of the dried asparagus rootstock had a slight antihypertensive and diuretic effect.

Field of application/use
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Asparagus rootstock is used for inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract, controlled threshold hypertension or chronic venous insufficiency.

Dosage
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The daily dose is between 45 and 60 g of the fresh drug. Asparagus rootstock is usually taken in the form of tea infusions (for flushing therapy) or capsules or film tablets.

Undesirable effects
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In rare cases allergic skin reactions may occur.

Contraindication
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In the case of existing oedema due to restricted heart or kidney function, flushing therapy with asparagus rootstock should be avoided. Also in the case of existing inflammatory kidney diseases, since there is insufficient experience, the intake should be avoided.

Interactions
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There are no known interactions with other substances.

Note(s)
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During a flushing therapy, a sufficient fluid supply of at least 2 l/day must be ensured

Literature
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  1. Schilcher H (2016) In: Guide to Phytotherapy, Urban & Fischer Verlag Munich, S. 299 f.