Wild Yam

Aantispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, increases sweating, diuretic. Has been used to treat rheumatism and colicky conditions. Useful as a relaxing remedy for painful mestruation, ovarian pain, and labor. Extremely useful and effective in treating arthritis, as it reduces inflammation and pain, and relaxes stiff muscles in affected areas. Helps to relieve cramps and muscle tension; can also be an effective treatment for digestive problems including gallbladder inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diverticulitis.

Wild yam is a medicinal remedy made from the root of the Dioscorea villosa plant species. Wild yam has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years to help treat menstrual cramps, childbirth problems, coughs and upset stomach.

One of the main uses for wild yam extract is to treat menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis in menopausal women, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Wild yam is sometimes recommended as a natural treatment for high cholesterol, according to the University of Michigan Health System. You might use wild yam extract to treat menstrual disorders like amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract problems, cough and colic, sexual dysfunction, and spasms, says the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The appropriate dose of wild yam depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for wild yam.

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