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      Benefits of Wild Yam

      Dioscorea Villosa

      Wild Yam information

      Wild yam is used by herbal practitioners as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and hormone balancing herb.

      Wild Yam can be used for:

      Digestive complaints where there is spasm or irritation, including colic, diverticulitis, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder)

      Uterine or ovarian cramping, including painful periods, endometriosis

      Alleviation of menopausal symptoms and PMS

      Mid-cycle bleeding

      Morning sickness

      Labour pains

      Rheumatoid arthritis (especially in the acute phase where there is intense inflammation)

      Side effects

      Due to saponins, possible irritation of gastric mucosal membranes.

      Active compounds

      Steroidal saponins, phytosterols, alkaloids, tannins, starch

      What herbal practitioners say about Wild yam

      Wild yam contains steroidal saponins, which bind to oestrogen receptors in the body in a similar way to phyto-oestrogens, helping to balance progesterone and oestrogen levels via the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, thereby relieving the symptoms of menopause, PMS and other gynaecological conditions.  The antispasmodic properties of wild yam relieve the pain associated with painful periods, endometriosis and even childbirth.  Wild yam also tones and normalises the bowel, useful in digestive complaints such as intestinal colic, flatulence, bloating and constipation.  Wild yam combines well with chamomile and ginger in the treatment of digestive complaints, with black cohosh and ashwagandha in the treatment of arthritis and again black cohosh, red clover and sage in the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

      Tincture dose

      Adult dose:                 1 - 2mls three times a day.  

      Children’s dose:        0.5 – 0.8mls three times a day.

      Based on a ratio of  herb to alcohol of 1:3

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