The medicinal use of Dioscorea bulbifera (Air Potato, Aerial Potato Yam) locally known as Isu-Emina, Emina, Isu-Ahun, Dooyar Bisa.


Dioscorea bulbifera is a medicinal plant belonging to Discoreaceae family. In Africa, it is locally named Isu-Emina, Emina, Isu-Ahun, Dooyar Bisa among other names. it is also commonly referred as Air Potato, Aerial Potato Yam.

The plant’s healing properties are extracted from the tuber

The plant is used for the treatment of mystic properties, diarrhoea, dysentery, constipation, anthelmintics, antidote for snake and scorpion venom, coughs, mental problems, diabetes, weak erection, breast enlargement, fever, rheumatism, antimicrobials. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.

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