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Air Potato Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Air Potato
Glycemic Index / Load
Air Yam, Air Potato
Botanical Name
Dioscorea Bulbifera
Hindi Name
Gethi, Bhirvolikanda, Genth, Genthi
Chinese Name
Huang Yao Zi

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Air Potato Cures

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Action of Air Potato

Most Effective

Nutrients in Air Potato

Nature of
Air Potato


Parts Used

Tuber, Rhizome

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Air Potato

-Avoid use during Pregnancy and Breast Feeding.
-Avoid in case suffering from Hepatitis or Cirrhosis.
-Excess intake may cause
Abdominal Pain
Gastrointestinal Disorder.
Liver Damage
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Air Potato is a vine.
It is perennial.
It falls under the Dioscoreaceae family.
It grows in a tropical Climate.
It grows up to 30 M.
Best used for Diarrhea.

In TCM :
Air Potato Rhizome : Huang Yao Zi
Meridians associated : Heart, Liver and Lungs.

Common Names

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Materia Medica for Air Potato

Air Potato General

It is an effectual cure for Eye ailments like Conjunctivitis, which is also familiar as PinkEye.
It is beneficial in treating Jaundice also familiar as Yellow Fever, which results in yellow colouration of the Skin, accompanied with Fever.
It is effectual in ceasing Nasal Bleeding.
Air Potato is a good herbal remedy for counteracting Respiratory conditions like Pertussis, also familiar as Cough, which is transmittable and Asthma. It also takes care of Pharyngitis, which leads to large Tonsils. These large tonsils lead to trouble in Swallowing food and Respiration, along with fever and cough. It provides relief in case of pain due to Throat affliction and heated Phlegm as a result of Cough.
It is gainful in counteracting Hematemesis, a condition when Blood comes in vomit.
It is advantageous in combating the problem of Goitre, which results in anomalous growth of the Thyroid Gland.
Its tubers are worthwhile in balancing levels of Glucose in the Blood, which in turn helps in tending to Diabetes.
It is fruitful in countering Anorexia, which is a condition involving eating disorder and the person is always afraid of gaining weight. It also takes care of Stomach ache and brings relief.
It is valuable in the treatment of Stomach Cancer, due to its Anti Cancerous properties.
Bearing Anti tumour characteristics, it is suitable for treating Tumours and ailments associated with it.
Air Potato is a good herbal cure for Skin afflictions like Carbuncles, whose outcome is an array of Boils. These Boils contain Pus and are transmittable. It is worthwhile in countering Skin allergies due to Spider bite.
It is efficient in lowering body Cholesterol and Blood Pressure, which in turn would help in staying fit.
Its Anti inflammatory aspect is beneficial in providing relief in Pain, even in case of Bone Fracture.
It is essential in curbing problems of Conceiving, by stimulating the Non-Pregnant Uterus.
Air Potato is profitable in arresting conditions like Loose Motions i.e. Dysentery and Diarrhoea.
It is suitable for combating Haemorrhoids also known as Piles, which results in enlargement of veins of the Anus.
As an Antidote, it is helpful in arresting poison, due to Snake or Scorpion bite.
Caution-: Consultation from the Doctor is highly recommended, before consumption.
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Julius P O Odwe ( UGANDA )
11 May 2016
i am interested in this documentation because I breeding three types of this bulbifera. I am told that it has medicinal values for kidney related diseases and antibiotics for body injuries, etc.
Dr. B. Watts
13 Apr 2017
Recently shown to slow Alzheimers in combination with sea buckthorn and bacopa
Manoj Dodia ( India ,Gujarat state. )
12 May 2017
Whether this herb is beneficial in the treatment of mucous carcinoma ?
Canute Temu ( Kilimanjaro Tanzania )
06 Oct 2017
Does discorea bulbifera have any effect in 1) lowering High Blood pressure? 2) lowering blood sugar ?
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