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What Wild yam herb Is:

This perennial vine is not your Thanksgiving Day sweet potato. It has heart-shaped leaves and a long, knotted, woody rhizome and root with an awful taste that no amount of candying will help. Native Americans used the boiled root to treat morning sickness and facilitate childbirth. Others considered it of some help against arthritis and gastrointestinal woes. Much later, chemists discovered in the root a substance called diosgenin, which can be transformed in the laboratory into sex steroids and corticosteroids. Wild yam grows from New England west to Minnesota and south to Texas. Another species found south of the border and commonly called Mexican yam may yield even more diosgenin than the temperate American vine.

Wild yam is now well known as the source of the chemical from which the female hormone progesterone is produced. It has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-spasmodic effects and also stimulates the release of bile from the gall bladder.

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Wild yam is used to treat pain and spasm, especially rheumatic and menstrual pain. It can also be used to treat urinary tract conditions.


Some manufacturers claim that wild yam has a progesterone-like action in the body. This claim has not been supported by research.

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