Hindi: Gendhi; Zamin-kand
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