Benefits of Elephant Yam
Medicinally, Elephant Yam is considered serviceable in hemorrhoids; in fact one of its Sanskrit synonyms is ‘Arsoghna’ or the curer of piles. It is administered in this disease in a variety of forms. The tuber is covered with a layer of earth and roasted in a fire; the roasted vegetable is given with the addition of oil and salt.
Dose of Elephant Yam in Medicine
Several confections are described such as the Laghu surana modaka, Vrihat surana modaka, Surana pindi, Kankayana modaka, etc. These are all confections made of the tubers of Amorphophallus campanulatus with the addition of treacle and various aromatics and acrids.
Svalpa or Laghu surana modaka is thus prepared by taking black pepper 1 part, ginger 2 parts, plumbago root 4 parts, tuber of elephant yam 8 parts, treacle 16 parts, mix together and prepare a confection. Dose should be about a tola every morning, in piles and dyspepsia.
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