Common Name

English :Asiatic yam
Hindi :Khamalu
Manipuri :Haa

Scientific Name

Group :Angiosperm (Monocotyledon)
Family :Dioscoreaceae
Genus :Dioscorea
Species :alata  Linn.
Habit :Robust climber
Parts Used :Stem, Leaf, Tuber
Mode of 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.