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What Are the Medical Uses of Asparagus Racemosus?

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Asparagus racemosus is a plant that is used in traditional medicine. Ayurvedic treatments frequently prescribe the roots of this species of asparagus for stomach conditions and as a way to increase the production of breast milk. Though its effectiveness has not been confirmed by clinical trials, the plant has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, and anecdotal evidence suggests that it can be an effective and safe treatment. Medicine from this plant is made by grinding the roots into a powder.

Ayurvedic medicine, which was developed in India, utilizes a number of different breeds of asparagus that are endemic to the area. The species Asparagus racemosus is often specified as a useful medicinal herb. Ayurvedic doctors consider the plant to be a rasayana which is a medicine that promotes general health. The plant has immune boosting properties, and studies have shown that it contains antioxidants.

One of the main medical uses for Asparagus racemosus is as a supplement for women who are breast feeding. Anecdotal evidence and preliminary studies on animals suggests that it effectively increases the production of breast milk. The mechanism responsible for the increase in breast milk production is unknown, but Asparagus racemosus has not been shown to increase the amount of the hormone prolactin. It is not considered safe for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding, despite its traditional uses.

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Asparagus racemosus is also used to treat stomach disorders. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for stomach ulcers, though there is not enough evidence available to indicate how it works. Indigestion, stomachache, and diarrhea are also treated with the roots of this plant. The medicine may also be an effective treatment for the symptoms of hangover and may have therapeutic effects on the liver as well as on the stomach.

Occasionally, Asparagus racemosus is used as an ayurvedic treatment for serious medical conditions such as dementia or diabetes. Little is known about the safety or effectiveness of these treatments. The lack of clinical trials makes it difficult for Western doctors to make proper dosage recommendations. Asparagus racemosus may also interact with lithium, and should not be taken by people who are taking this medication.

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