July 31, 2015

Wild Yam

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How does Wild Yam work?

Wild yam contains a chemical that can be made into various steroids, such as estrogen, in the laboratory. However, the body can't change wild yam to estrogen.

Are there safety concerns?

Wild yam seems safe for most adults. Large amounts can cause vomiting.

Do not use wild yam if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have breast cancer.
  • You have cancer of the ovaries or uterus.
  • You have endometriosis.
  • You have uterine fibroids.
  • You have a condition called protein S deficiency.

Dosing considerations for Wild Yam.

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. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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