Váráhíkand, Gendhi; Zamin-kand, Yam, Dioscorea bulbifera Linn


Sanskrit: Váráhíkand


Hindi: Gendhi; Zamin-kand

English: Yam

Latin: Dioscorea bulbifera Linn., var.: sativa

Part Used: Tubers



Habitat: Grows in UP, Bihar and Sub Himalayan region of India

Energetics: Sweet, bitter-cold-sweet VP- (K+ in excess)

Systems: Digestive, reproductive, nervous, urinary Action: Nutritive tonic, aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, diuretic, antispasmodic, analgesic

Uses: Main male/female reproductive tonic. Impotency, infertility, increases semen, milk (progesterone), and other hormonal secretions (pi- tuitary, thyroid, estrogen); syphilis. Hemorrhoids, dysentery, diarrhea, senility, hormonal deficiency, colic, nervous excitability, hysteria, abdominal pain and cramps; promotes body weight, and soothes digestive organs.

Precautions: Glucoside in the plant is poisonous; creates excess mucus and congestion. Only use with the advice of an Áyurvedic specialist Preparation: Decoction, milk decoction, powder, bolus, candy

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