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Tian Men Dong

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Name: Chinese Asparagus (天門冬)

Pinyin: Tian Men Dong

Pharm. Name: Radix Asparagi






Bitter, Sweet

Nourish yin of lung and stomach, clear heat of lung and stomach, nourish kidney to clear effulgent fire

Kidney, Lung, Stomach




It is similar to Mai Dong in actions, both can nourish lung yin, moisten dryness in lung, clear lung heat, and nourish stomach yin, clear stomach heat, produce fluid to relieve thirst, and moisten intestines to smooth stool. For dry cough without phlegm due to dryness in the lung with heat, thirst, dry stool, or constipation due to yin hurt by heat, it is usually combined and Mai Dong in mutual reinforcement, such as Er Dong Gao from Zhang Shi Yi Tong. It is indicated for bone-steaming and tidal fever due to yin deficiency with effulgent fire, or vertigo, tinnitus, soreness and pain of lumbar and knees, internal heat, and consumptive thirst due to kidney yin deficiency because it can nourish kidney and clear effulgent fire.


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