Wild yam plants are found in Mexico, United States, Latin America and Asia. Wild Yam is a strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, and is used to reduce abdominal cramps and spasms, gastrointestinal upset, morning sickness and relief of muscle pain. It is used to lessen the symptoms due to menopause and also contains antioxidant properties.


... Wild yam is not related to either sweet potatoes or the vegetables sold as yams in the United States.

Several species of wild yam are known to contain varying amounts of phyto (or plant-derived) estrogens -- particularly a chemical known as diosgenin. Wild yam has been popularized, in recent years, as possibly being less hazardous than animal-derived estrogens for replacing female hormones. In both oral and topical forms, wild yam is promoted for treating the symptoms of menopause, as well as for relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual irregularities. These effects are largely based on general reports; evidence from human studies generally has failed to support the estrogenic effects of wild yam. One possible reason is that the human body cannot change the chemicals in wild yam to estrogens, so eating it probably has little estrogenic effect. ...

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