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[Ambassador report] Day 5: Medicinal plants (Air Yam)

by Asmita Gaire | 11-11-2020 01:17 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Day 5
Medicinal plant: 005


Air yam is a herbal medicinal plants widely cultivated in many regions. It is also known as up yam in Nigerian Pidgin English since it is cultivated more for its bulbils than for it's tubers. It is a plant of yam family, so it is a species of true yam. The local name of Air yam is Githha, Vyakur, Ban Tarul. The scientific name of Air yam is Dioscorea bulbifera. It belongs to Dioscoreaceae family. Rhizome are the major part used for medicines. It is used mainly in the treatment throat sore. Basically, rhizome powder or liquid is very fruitful for medical purpose.

It is also used to treat conjunctivitis, diarrhea and dysentery. For this air potato is used. It is very popular in Australia since it is used in their important ceremony called kulama. In this ceremony, the tubers are cooked and eaten in the third day ritually. While in some places like Florida, it is taken as an invasive species. It is considered as a noxious weed because of its quick growing, large leafed vine that spreads tenaciously and shades out plants growing beneath it.

These varieties contain steroid diosgenin that is used for manufacture of number of steroidal hormones. It is also found that wild form can be used and can be used for eating after drying and boiling. The leaf beetle has been studied and employed as an agent of biological pest control for the plant. This plant spread and reproduce by means of bulbis. The spread of air yam is very rapid due to their ability to sprout at very small stage. The vine has small white flowers. The fruits are capsules. This plant having medicinal benefits do have some challenges of rapid spread and certain acute toxicity effects if unknown wild species are taken.

Air yam


Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings SJ mentor
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 26-11-2020 05:33

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Asmita!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Warm greetings from Korea!
    Thank you for sharing your valuable information with us.
    It is good to study in botany areas through your report.
    It is interesting to know Air Yam is used in Australian ceremony.
    I hope to learn more from you.
    I will root for you the whole time.
    Green cheers!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 25-11-2020 14:33

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings mun woo Jo mentor
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for your feedback
    It's called as ?? in korea
    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 24-11-2020 19:55

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Asmita,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    I hope you are doing well.
    Thank you for sharing your report about medicinal plant.
    It was very interesting to get to know about air yarm effectiveness,
    and its use in the ceremony called Kulama.
    I tried to search for its Korean name, but I wasn't able to.
    I am curious if this plant grows in Korea too.

    Keep writing,

    Posted 16-11-2020 16:22

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello shobha sis
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for your feedback
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 13-11-2020 12:23

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    Hello asmita sis

    very informative report

    thank you so much for this report

    keep sharing

    warm regards ,

    Posted 11-11-2020 19:41

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