Paan - Manipur Medicinal Plants

Common Name

English :Taro
Hindi :Kachalu /Arvi
Manipuri :Paan

Scientific Name

Group :Angiosperm (Monocotyledon)
Family :Araceae
Genus :Colocasia
Species :esculenta (Linn.)  Schott.
Habit :Spongy aroid herb
Parts Used :Whole plant
Mode of Preparation :Fresh petioles crushed with water for juice. Corm crushed and smashed with water for extract. Leaves boiled for extract. Leaf petiole and corm is edible. Leaf is fed to pigery.
Mode of use :Fresh
Ingredients :Taro-lactin and Taro malt from Dihydroxysterols, 14a-methy-5a-cholesta-9, 24-diene-3b-, 7a-diol and 14a-methyl-24-Methylene-5a-Cholesta-9, 24-diene-3a- etc.
Ailment Treated:Juice of petiole is styptic, stimulant and rubifacient. Corm extract is used in alopecia and scorpion-sting. Juice corm is laxative, demulcent, anodyne, haemorrhoids and congestion of the portal system. Leaf lamina is boiled with fresh cattle milk and the liquid is taken to enhance the chance of pregnancy.
Source:Wild/cultivated very common in the valley area.

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Manipur Medicinal Plants