Asparagus Root – To open and uplift the heart, clear the lungs and build up depleted energy

herbs-asparagus-root2Asparagus root is powerful in three main ways.  Firstly, it clears and opens up the lungs.  Asparagus root can help move phlegm out of the lungs and make the alveoli more efficient so you take in more oxygen with each breath.

If you have a cold or a respiratory ailment, asparagus root can assist with that, though obviously it’s better if you use it as a preventative measure so as not to get ill in the first place!

Because it helps with the lungs, with regular use asparagus root will help with the voice, making it clearer and more powerful.  Regular use will also help your skin look and feel good, because the health of the skin is connected closely with the function of the lungs.

Secondly, asparagus root is a shen tonic.  This means it helps you tune into and move into alignment with your spirit.  On a practical level this will show up as feeling better about life, feeling uplifted.  It’s often referred to as ‘the flying herb’ because traditionally when Taoists took it, they would dream of flying.  Psychologists will tell you this is a sign of feeling free, of feeling liberated.

Asparagus root is specifically a shen awakening herb or shen opening herb, which is the rarer type of shen herb.  It works to open the heart, make you feel good about life, make you feel ‘up’.  It helps you to connect with ‘the Spirit’ as the Taoists call it, and also to connect with the world around you.

Thirdly, it has a kidney yin tonifying effect.  It helps you to replenish the body’s sexual fluids and (with long term use) restore sexual function.  It has general kidney tonifying benefits such as improving your endurance, your ability to heal and recover, wound healing, and helping you not to feel stressed about things.

In case you are wondering if this is the root of the same kind of asparagus you buy at the supermarket, the answer is yes, almost.  This herb is a slightly different genus of asparagus; it’s basically a wilder, more potent version of the asparagus you put on your plate.

Personally I aim to have asparagus root every day because it’s so beneficial in general terms, but it’s especially worthwhile if you have any of the issues mentioned.  Take it if you feel down and closed off to the world, if you have respiratory issues, or if you’re feeling depleted and needing to build your reserves of energy up.  Asparagus root is good in all of those cases.


Taste; sweet and bitter
Treasures; yin jing, chi, shen
Organs; lungs, kidneys, heart
Temperature; cold

Elwin Robinson

Elwin Robinson is the Founder of Lion Heart Herbs, Europe's #1 Educator on the Taoist approach to Health, and #1 Supplier of High Quality and Affordable Taoist Tonic Herbs to the World.

Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.

Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.

Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.
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