Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) root
Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 2 - 4g per 200ml (a mug) of water, cover and boil gently for 5 - 10 minutes, strain and drink up to 3 times a day.
Please seek professional advice before taking during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Part used: Root and rhizome
Habitat: Wild yam native to North America, preferring swampy or wet areas, growing as far north as Canada but most common in southern warmer areas. It is a spreading twining herbaceous plant, growing up to 5 long over fences and bushes.
Constituents: Steroidal saponins most notably diosgenin and protodioscin, phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol and camesterol, alkaloids and flavonoids, mucilage, starch and tannins.
Actions: Antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, diaphoretic (mild), spasmolytic
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