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
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.