Wild Yam

Can be found in our Enhancer & Liver Mate products.

Herbal Medicine Materia Medica: Wild Yam

David Hoffmann L. BSc (Hons), MNIMH ©

 

Dioscorea villosa

Part Used: Dried underground parts.

Constituents: Steroidal saponins, based on diosgenin: dioscin, dioscorin, and others.

Actions: Anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, cholagogue, diaphoretic.

Indications: This valuable herb was at one time the sole source of the chemicals that were used as the raw materials for contraceptive hormone manufacture. In herbal medicine Wild Yam is a remedy that can be used to relieve intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. It is of great use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, especially the acute phase where there is intense inflammation.


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