Scientific Name
Group : Angiosperm (Monocotyledon)
Family : Dioscoreaceae
Genus : Dioscorea
Species : alata Linn.
Common Name
English Name : Asiatic yam
Hindi Name : Khamalu
Manipuri Name : Haa
Other Details
Habit : Robust climber
Parts Use : Stem, Leaf, Tuber
Preparation : Leaves crushed & sqeezed for juice. Tubers crushed for decoction/soild consumption.Tuber is edible
Mode of use : Decoction, Fresh
Ingredients : Tubers contains starch (21%). Leaf contains large quantities of D-fructose, D-glucose and the polyols, 2-deoxyribitol, 6-deoxysorbitol and glycerol.
Ailment Treated : Tuber is diuretic, anthelmintic used in diabetes, leprosy, gonorrhoea, piles. Leaf extract is taken in gonorrhea. Fresh tubers chewed to normalize blood pressure.
Source : Cultivated in home gardens and growing at foothills as escape.