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Organic Wild Yam

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(Dioscorea villosa) is a species of a twining tuberous vine that is native to eastern North America. It is common and widespread and ranges from Texas and Florida north to Minnesota, Ontario and Massachusetts.

It has been found by scientists to contain diosgenin, a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens - the plant hormones - have been shown to interact with hormone receptors in human bodies. Wild Yam and its extract have been promoted as a medicine for a variety of purposes, including cancer prevention, the treatment of Crohn's disease and whooping cough.

Used for centuries by the Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments, Wild Yam has a relaxing effect. As some of the old names (Colic Root, Rheumatism Root) suggest, this herb was highly regarded in providing relief from colic (especially in babies) and lessening the pain of rheumatism. It is used in Japanese medicine as a treatment for infertility and for the pain of child birth.

Wild Yam root is perhaps most famous for its ability to support women regarding the health of their reproductive systems. With powerful antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is often prescribed by herbalists to relieve menstrual cramps and chronic pelvic pain. Helping the uterus to work more efficiently during menses, it allows for proper functionality while working to prevent cramping and spasms.

It boosts digestion by improving the function of the gall bladder and the liver. These two organs are vital in the digestive process by encouraging the production of bile and breaking down food. Historically it was used to ease the passage of small gallstones.

In traditional Russian herbal medicine, saponin extracts from the roots of various varieties of wild yam are used as an anticoagulant, antisclerotic, antispasmodic, cholagogue, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic and a vasodilator.

We use Wild Yam in minimal amounts. The cautions below are for taking full doses. However, be on the side of caution and talk to your doctor first if you are included in any of the following:

Women with hormone-dependent conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus should not take or use wild yam due to its possible estrogenic effects. Men with prostate cancer should also avoid taking wild yam.

Pregnant women should not take wild yam because it may stimulate the uterus to contract, possibly causing a miscarriage.