Manakand (Mahapatra)


Manakand Scientific Name

Alocasia indica

Manakand Other Names

English: Giant Taro, Alocacia plant
Hindi: Manakand, Mankand
Sanskrit: Mahapatra, Manaka, Gajakarni, Sthala padma

What is Manakand?

Manakand, also known as Mahapatra, is a cold, light, and sweet plant that treats Pitta Dosha, cures Oedema and Haemorrhages. This ayurvedic plant can grow to a height of 3-6 feet. The stem is approximately 4-8 inches in diameter. It is used for the treatment of diseases of swelling, earache, bleeding, and splenomegaly (enlarged spleen).

Common forms of Manakand

Rhizome, Stem, Leaf, Powder, Juice

Manakand is commonly used for:

  • Treating Piles and constipation
  • Reducing swelling
  • Treating earache
  • Treating Hypertension
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Treating abdominal disorders
  • Relieving Joint pain
  • Treating Burns
  • Healing wounds

Manakand Dosage

Root Powder: 5-10g or as prescribed.
Juice: 10-20ml or as prescribed.
Stalk and leaf Juice: 12-24ml or as prescribed.
Leaves powder: 5-10g or as prescribed.

Manakand Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: The stem is edible, but contains Calcium oxalate along with other irritants that can numb and swell the tongue and pharynx which may result in difficulty breathing, and sharp throat pain.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known.
Children: Not known.

The lower part of the Manakand plant contains a greater concentration of poison. Prolonged boiling before serving or proper processing may reduce the risk of poisoning. Acidic fruit such as tamarind may dissolve the poison.

Where to Buy Manakand in the US?

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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