Elephant foot yam

The scientific name of Elephant foot yam: Amorphophallus Companulatus

Name of Elephant foot yam in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Chakra kanda, Suran

Hindi: oal

Malayalam: Chena ചേന

Plant description:

Elephant’s foot yam (Amorphophallus Companulatus) is an annual plant used as a vegetable, it is a single-leafed plant, erect in a single stem up to 1.5 m tall, young buds are pink, resembles a young cattle horn, grows from yam, it grows fast and solitary leaf spread like an umbrella, Stem is light green and white dots. In maturity, the plant will become yellowish in color and after some days it will fall down and sleep in the soil. Yam(Corm) is globose, up to 30 cm in diameter, remains in the soil, and grows up to 25 kg in weight. At the beginning of the rainy season, a bud of the flower appears like the horn of animals, flowers are brown and grow to 25 – 30 cm. In blooming time it produces an unpleasant rotten animal’s smell to attract flies to pollinate.

Useful plant parts: Corm, Roots, Leaves, Stem

Medicinal uses:

To treat bronchitis, asthma, abdominal pain, emesis, dysentery, enlargement of spleen, piles, elephantiasis, rheumatic swellings

Chemical contents:

Stigmasterol, betulinic acid, triacontane, lupeol, beta-sitosterol, glucose, galactose, rhamnose, and xylose, and it has analgesic activity, antiprotease activity, and cytotoxic activity

How to prepare medicines:

Elephant foot yam is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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