Composition of Wild Yam
Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa) has been used for many years to support women with their reproductive system health. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that the roots of wild yam — not to be confused with the sweet potato yam — contain diosgenin.
Wild Yam aids a variety of women’s fertility issues. Most people think that Wild Yam is for menopausal women only, but it has many beneficial actions for women in their childbearing years. There is some misleading information out there about this herb. It is a common belief that Wild Yam acts as precursor to human sex hormones. Wild Yam root used in its natural state as a whole herb, which can be used in a variety of forms…capsule, tincture, cream, tea, ect., cannot be biologically converted to hormones in the body. Wild Yam does not contain estrogen or progesterone.
Health benefits of Wild Yam
Wild Yam has a wonderful action on smooth muscle tissue, reducing muscle spasm of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, aiding in painful menstruation (dysmennorhea) and chronic pelvic pain. Wild Yam helps the uterus to work more efficiently during menses. This uterine support allows for proper function of the uterus while working to prevent uterine cramping or spasm. This herb has a wonderful action on the ovaries, toning them and aiding in ovarian cyst pain. Wild Yam is often used to treat urinary tract infection pain as well.
Liver and Gallbladder
Besides its hormonal activity, wild yam has anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and cholagogue (stimulates flow of bile from the gall bladder) properties. It reduces spasms, assisting with gallbladder colic, muscle cramps, spasmodic asthma, intestinal cramps and irritable bowel syndrome.
History of Wild Yam
In the 18th and 19th centuries, herbalists used wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) to treat menstrual cramps and problems related to childbirth, as well as for upset stomach and coughs. In the 1950s, scientists discovered that the roots of wild yam — not to be confused with the sweet potato yam — contain diosgenin.