Tian Men Dong is one of the world’s top adaptogens and is also know as the “Wild Asparagus Root” in English, and “Shatawari” in Ayurvedic medicine. The Chinese word for wild asparagus root is Tian Men Dong, or “heavenly spirit herb,” as it was cherished by shamans, monks, and yogis for its heart-opening effects. Chinese Taoist monks placed much value on dream work, nicknaming Wild Aspagarus as “The Flying Herb”; they found it effective to help one fly through the universe at night, achieving magnificent dreams and moving in alignment with the spirit.
Effects: Improves quality of sleep, induces relaxation and stress relief, serves as a good anti-depressant and stimulates “flying dreams.”
Other clinical effects: to tonify the Yin of the lung. The Yin refers to the actual lung tissue. The lung has a tendency to be affected most by dryness, and this will injure the Yin of the lung and often manifest as a dry cough. Tian Men Dong has the effect of moistening the lungs and building up deficient lung tissue. When the respiratory system is susceptible to frequent illnesses or asthma, the Yin of the lung is often weak. Clinically, this herb can also be used for such illnesses as bronchitis and tuberculosis.
Use: 1 to 3 grams per day in a concentrated form.