Categories of Ayurveda Medicines
Different categories of Ayurvedic medicines used in Ayurveda treatments...
Types of Ayurvedic Treatments
Different types of Ayurvedic treatment for different types of illness like...
Ayurveda colleges & Research Centers
List of Indian Ayurveda college and University Research centers ...
Indian Ayurveda Resorts & Treatments
List of Indian Ayurveda Resorts and Treatment centers in India....
Important Ayurveda Books
List of important Ayurvedic books and its authors name, to get vast knowledge ...
The scientific name of Medicinal Yam: Dioscorea floribunda Mar. & Gal.
Name of Medicinal Yam in different languages:-
English: Medicinal Yam Hindi: Khamalu, Chupri alu Sanskrit: Alukam
Tamil: Perumvallikkizhangu, Kappan kachil
It is a climbing vine ,non-hairy ,with slender or stout stems. The tubers or yam are brown on the surface and are cream coloured interior. The leaves are petiolate, spirally disposed on the stem. Petiole 5 -7.5 cm long, furrowed, both ends swollen, green except the swollen ends, the latter are light brown in color, the proximal swelling is about 1 cm long, while the distal is nearly 2.5 cm in length. Lamina sub-coriaceous, broadly ovate, deeply cordate, acuminate, margin entire and green. The plant is dioecious. The male inflorescence solitary or rarely paired, rachis slender. Flowers solitary or in groups of 2-3, dark brown or green, sessile; Perianth membraneous, tubular, segments erect, imbricate, elliptical, obtuse, stamens 6, centrally placed in two alternate whorls of 3 each. Female spike short, solitary, Perianth distinct, stipitate, campanulate, staminoids 6, stylar column high, stigma divaricate, apex bifid. Seeds are winged and brown in color.
Useful plant parts:
Used as a contraceptive
Diosgenin, Sapogenin, steroids