Wild Yam Dioscorea villosa
Remedies using : Wild Yam Health Benefits | How to Use | Medicinal Uses | Side Effects | Plant | Folklore
- Common Uses:* Aphrodisiac * Cramps/abdominal * Menopause * Rheumatoid_arthritis
- Properties: Antioxidant* Antispasmodic* Arthritis* phytoestrogen* Uterine Tonic*
- Parts Used: root
- Constituents: steroidal saponins (including dioscin and trillin which yield diosgenin), phytosterols, alkaloids including dioscorine, tannins, starch
- See Also :Chaste Tree *Yucca Root *
Wild Yam : Medicinal Uses & Health BenefitsWild yam root is a potent source of diosgenin, a chemical that resembles female sex hormones and was used in the manufacture of the first oral contraceptives. Diosgenin can be transformed in the laboratory into sex steroids and corticosteroids, but research is still very sketchy on the effectiveness of this herb. While diosgenin can be converted into progesterone in the laboratory, it cannot be converted into progesterone in the human body. Wild yam contains no progesterone, natural or otherwise. It is, however, extremely useful for many gynecological complaints. Historically, it appears to support healthy menstrual cycles by lessening pain and cramping. Wild yam's diosgenin, is a precursor in the chemical synthesis of progesterone, a hormone whose numerous functions include uterine health and warding off PMS. Wild yam creams and progesterone creams are applied to thin areas of the skin. Some herbalists believe that this triggers the production of natural progesterone in a woman's body and balances against high levels of estrogen. Though the exact mechanism is not fully known, wild yam has a long history of giving women relief from hot flashes, insomnia, hot flashes, insomnia, cramps, headaches, migraines, and vaginal dryness. It generally takes a period of a few months or more to see results.
Wild yam also contains beta carotene, the antioxidant that is so important to maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Other colorful folk names include Devil's bones, Yuma, Colic root and Rheumatism root, referring to Native Americans use of the boiled root to treat morning sickness and in childbirth, also arthritis and digestive problems.
Wild Yam Side Effects: Can cause stomach upset in large doses. Some preparations of Mexican yam may contain additional progesterone, avoid products that are labeled natural progesterone.as they either contain no progesterone, or they contain synthetic progesterone. Not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.^
How to Use: Wild YamPreparation Methods & Dosage :Often taken in capsules, or infusions, the extract is added to creams and ointments.
I have been doing bio-identical hormones after my son was born..Needed to he wiped all my energy and hormone levels went wacko..I have noticed that I have spent alot of money on them and researched that some of it can be saved..Progesterone creams are made up of wild yams..well I decided to save some money like 100 a month and find it at a health food store..Does the same and makes me feel great also..So Wild Yam for me is a good thing along with DHEA..It is nice to have your levels of hormones back like you were 25..