For gastrointestinal upset, nerve pain, and morning sickness!Wild yam plants are found across the midwestern and eastern United States,
Latin America (especially Mexico), and Asia. Several different species exist, all possessing similar constituents and propertiesHistorical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies):
Wild yam has been used as an expectorant for people with coughs. It was also used for gastrointestinal upset, nerve pain, and morning sickness. Eventually, it was discovered that the saponins from wild yam could be converted industrially into cortisone, estrogens, and progesterone-like compounds. Wild yam and other plants with similar constituents continue to be the main source of these drugs. Active constituents:
The saponins (such as diosgenin) account for some of wild yams activity. Another compound, dioscoretine, has been shown in animal studies to lower blood sugar levels.2 An extract of wild yam was found to have antioxidant properties. It has also been shown to lower blood triglycerides and to raise HDL cholesterol (the œgood cholesterol).3 Wild yam is also considered to be a strong antispasmodic and is potentially anti-inflammatory. Contrary to popular claims, wild yam roots do not contain and are not converted into progesterone
or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in the body. However, wild yam saponins or other constituents may have properties similar to these compounds. progesterone is made from wild yam using a chemical conversion process. This can lead to confusion - while wild yam can be a source of progesterone, it cannot be used without this conversion, which cannot be duplicated by the body. Women who require progesterone should consult their nutritionally oriented physician and not rely solely on wild yam or other herbs. How much is usually taken?
Up to 2-3 ml of wild yam tincture can be taken three to four times per day. Alternatively, one or two capsules or tablets of the dried root can be taken three times each day.6 Are there any side effects or interactions?
Some people may experience nausea when taking large amounts of wild yam.
FDA: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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