Cultivated over 4,000 years ago by the Egyptians. It has long been known as a diuretic, useful in treatment of rheumatic conditions as it hastens the flushing of waste products accumulated in the joints out of the body in the urine. Greek physician Dioscorides recommended decoction of asparagus root to improve urine flow & to treat kidney problems. He also recommended holding the chewed root against aching teeth. Asparagus is also a mild laxative & sedative.