Yam, Air Potato

Yam, Air PotatoSanskrit name: Varahi
Botanical name: Dioscorea bulbifera
Habitat: It is found in Africa and Asia.

 

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet, BItter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Varahi is one of the Rasayana in Ayurveda and has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits. The fleshy potato like roots are used as a vegetable in Africa. It helps to maintain blood sugar level and regulates glucose metabolism. It is a laxative and stimulates the bowel movements and helps in the treatment of digestion related diseases. Anti-inflammatory activities help in the treatment of joint pains.

Contraindications

No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

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