Vidari Kanda: Indian Ginseng

Vidari Kanda

Ipomoea digitata/paniculata

Character: The Nourisher

Vidari is a relative of Wild Yam and it grows as a large tuber in the hotter regions in India. It has been called “Indian Ginseng” because of its strong nutritive properties. It contains glycoside saponins and diosgenin which are cortisol hormone precursors that reduce pain. Read about cortisol here

Guna: unctuous and heavy

Rasa: sweet

Vipaka: sweet

Virya: cool

Dosage: 5 grams

Main Action: Lactation promoter, rejuvenator, reproductive tonic

Action on Doshas: Decreases Vata and Pitta. In excess increases Kapha and Ama.

Action on Dhatus: Strengthens breasts, female and male reproductive systems

Description:  The “Indian Ginseng” — a wonderful tonic that gives strength especially to the bladder and kidneys. It also improves breast milk production and improves anabolic metabolism. It can be used to alleviate coughs and soothing sore throats. Because of its tonifying properties it is often taken in milk, nut milk or ghee to enhance its nourishing properties.

Main Uses:

  1. Impotency
  2. Senility
  3. Hormonal deficiency
  4. Infertility
  5. Diuretic
  6. Abdominal Pain
  7. Anxiety

Special Uses:

  1. Sore throat
  2. Bladder and kidney pain from dryness
  3. Emaciation

Precautions: In excess it can increase mucus formation.

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