Dioscorea daemona Roxb

Synonym ► D. hispada Dennst. D. hirsuta Dennst.

Family ► Dioscoreaceae.

Habitat ► Sikkim, the Himalayas, Khasi Hills.

Ayurvedic ► Hastyaaluka.

Siddha/Tamil ► Peiperendai.

Action ► Tubers—used for ulcer, to kill worms in wounds. Plant parts— used in whitlow, sores, boils.

The tubers contain 81.45-81.8 carbohydrates, 7.20-9.12% albuminoids. The toxic principle is dioscorine which is distributed throughout the plant.

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