Also known as
Dioscorea villosa, Dioscorea opposita
Wild yam is tuber root vegetable belonging to the Dioscoreaceae family of plants, home to staple food crops such as the Yam. Wild yam is unique in that it is used medicinally, behaving as an antispasmodic, a mild pain reliever, a circulatory stimulant, balance hormones, and to reduce the pains of menstrual cramps.
Origin: USA, China
Wild yam is commonly used in creams, teas, or taken by itself or in capsules. The taste is very neutral with a slight hint of bitterness, but it is not at all unpleasant. The root has combined muscle relaxing and hormone balancing effects, making it an ideal candidate for menstrual cramps, and a good choice in general for any kind of cramping or muscle spasms. 1-2 teaspoons recommended per serving.
Wild yam has been used throughout Asia, India, & Europe as a medicinal root for its hormone enhancing actions. Wild yam contains diosgenin, a compound very important to the medical industry as a precursor to hormones in a laboratory setting. Thanks to the structural activity of the compound, it and its metabolites are believed to have activity similar to some hormones, such as testosterone and progesterone.
Please speak to a doctor before using this herb if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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