Wild Yam information
Wild yam is used by herbal
practitioners as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and
hormone balancing herb.
Wild Yam can be used for:
Digestive complaints where
there is spasm or irritation, including colic, diverticulitis, cholecystitis
(inflammation of the gall bladder)
Uterine or ovarian cramping,
including painful periods, endometriosis
Alleviation of menopausal
symptoms and PMS
(especially in the acute phase where there is intense inflammation)
Due to saponins, possible
irritation of gastric mucosal membranes.
phytosterols, alkaloids, tannins, starch
What herbal practitioners say about Wild yam
Wild yam contains steroidal
saponins, which bind to oestrogen receptors in the body in a similar way to
phyto-oestrogens, helping to balance progesterone and oestrogen levels via the
hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, thereby relieving the symptoms of
menopause, PMS and other gynaecological conditions. The antispasmodic properties of wild yam
relieve the pain associated with painful periods, endometriosis and even
childbirth. Wild yam also tones and
normalises the bowel, useful in digestive complaints such as intestinal colic,
flatulence, bloating and constipation. Wild
yam combines well with chamomile and ginger in the treatment of digestive
complaints, with black cohosh and ashwagandha in the treatment of arthritis and
again black cohosh, red clover and sage in the treatment of menopausal
Adult dose: 1 - 2mls three times a
Children’s dose: 0.5 – 0.8mls three times a day.
Based on a ratio of herb to alcohol of 1:3
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