Makhana (Euryale ferox Salisb)-A Review
Pravin Masram, Patel KS, Kori VK and Rajagopala S
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Euryale feroxSalisbury (Nymphaeaceae), known as Makhana, is distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of south-east and East Asia. It grows as an exclusive aquatic cash crop in shallow water bodies in north Bihar and lower Assam regions of India. It has nutritional and medicinal properties and supports cottage industry. It is cultivated in ponds, lakes, tanks and other aquatic bodies. Classical texts books of Ayurveda gave limited information about Makhana. In BhavprakashNighnatu describe Makhana. Also various Nighantu author describes the Makhana. It is medicinal and nutritional herb is extensively used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. In India Makhana is used as food supplement and is contain of many dishes in Indian people food. In Ayurveda disease like Daha, Raktapittaand low quality of semen, Makhana is useful. In Chinese medicine treatment of diabetes mellitus Makhana having good impotence. So, these articles narrate the medicinal and nutritional properties of Makhana.