World Journal of
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

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Dr. Khatotra Sukhdev* and Dr. Sachin


Traditional medicine forms an integral part of health care system in many countries. According to WHO statistics, about 25% of the medicines are derived from plants. 80% people still depend upon traditional system of medicine. The practice of traditional medicines is based on hundreds of years of belief and observation, which originated much before the development of the modern medicine. The knowledge of traditional medicine throws light on the discovery of new and potent medicine. Systematic documentation is lacking for many medicinal plants in India. Varahikanda (Dioscorea bulbifera L.) possesses profound therapeutical potency, belongs to the family Dioscoreaceae which includes 9 genera and 220 species which are distributed in tropical and warm temperate regions. It is attributed with Vrushya (Aphrodisiac), Balya (Strength promoting), Rasayana (Rejuvinative) karmas. This review highlights on all the classical references of Varahikanda.

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