Lucid Asparagus Root

Ingredient Name: Lucid Asparagus Root, Asparagus Root, Radix Asparagi, Cochinchinese Asparagus Root

Traditional Chinese Name: 天門冬, 天冬 (Tiānmén dōng, Tiān dōng)

What is this?

  • The roots of wild asparagus that are collected in usually in Northern China or Korea
  • The roots are washed and dried, but remain moist and “supple-looking” (as pictured above)
  • When dried, it is a yellowish in colour and chewy
  • The asparagus root grows from 1-3 cm in length and can be found either in a round shape or flat, long shape (as it’s been sliced)
  • Traditional Chinese herb that taste slightly sweet and bitter at the same time

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water and use in soups

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in Chinese herb stores
  • Not commonly available in supermarkets or wet marts
  • This is a hard to find herb

What is the cost?

  • 10 pieces cost roughly $10 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Considered an important lung tonic
  • It helps moisten and purify the lungs
  • Extremely beneficial to those who are exposed to smoke, smog or pollution
  • Improves respiratory functions

Any precautions?

  • It is considered a cooling ingredient and should be taken with precaution and moderation in early pregnancies