Herbs are like people in that they have unique personalities that can be understood through dravyaguna.

Dravyaguna is the system of Ayurvedic pharmacology that was developed thousands of years ago before chromatography and mass spectrometry and so it relies on qualities deciphered through taste.

This is the herb monograph for Vidari.

Vidari Kanda, Indian Ginseng’s Grandmother

Latin Name: Ipomoea digitata/paniculata

Character: The Grandmother of Nourishers

Both Ashwagandha and Vidari have often been called “Indian Ginseng” because both herbs are powerful nutritive tonics that provide vitality and energy to the body.

Vidari could be considered Ashwagandha’s Grandmother.

Ashwagandha is much more masculine and Vidari is patient and wise, offering her wisdom and always willing to look after the grandkids, especially when those grandkids are the hormones running wild in your body.

Vidari is a relative of Wild Yam and it grows as a large tuber in the hotter regions in India.

Similar to it’s Western sister ginseng, Vidari has strong nutritive properties with a special affinity for the endocrine system. One example of this is how the biochemical glycoside, saponin and diosgenin contained in Vidari are used by the body to produce cortisol.

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:

While writing this I realized that the English language doesn’t even have words yet that can describe the actions of Vidari. Rejuvenator and nourisher both came up on spell check as inaccurate. Herbs are verbs, not nouns. Their actions are very specific to the environment in which they find themselves and Vidari is no exception.

Depending on the unique needs of the individual Vidari can be used as a tonic to strengthen the bladder or kidneys. It also improves breast milk production and improves anabolic metabolism. Like a grandmother it is there to look after you when you have a cough or a sore throat and offer you relief. It is most commonly taken with fat such as butter, milk or ghee in order 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 Vidari Kanda can increase mucus formation.

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23183744

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15383230