Asparagus officinalis (the word is said to be of persian origin) was first proved by Dr. Buchner in 1840, he using the edible portion, the young sprouts, to prepare the tincture.
Asparagus is a marked diuretic, communicating a peculiar odor to the urine; it depresses the heart and produces profuse nasal and bronchial secretions.
It is to be thought of in cystitis and prostatitis, with strong smelling urine containing pus and mucus (199) and associated, perhaps, with palpitation and pains about the heart.
It has proved useful in weak heart of old people, with scanty and offensive urine, oppression of the chest and pains about the l. shoulder. I have never used the tincture, but have used the water in which the plant was boiled as a diuretic.