Wild Yam

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What other names is Wild Yam known by?

American Yam, Atlantic Yam, Barbasco, China Root, Chinese Yam, Colic Root, Devil's Bones, DHEA Naturelle, Dioscorea, Dioscoreae, Dioscorea alata, Dioscorea batatas, Dioscorea composita, Dioscorea floribunda, Dioscorea hirticaulis, Dioscorea japonica, Dioscorea macrostachya, Dioscorea mexicana, Dioscorea opposita, Dioscorea tepinapensis, Dioscorea villosa, Dioscorée, Igname Sauvage, Igname Velue, Mexican Yam, Mexican Wild Yam, Ñame Silvestre, Natural DHEA, Phytoestrogen, Phyto-œstrogène, Rheumatism Root, Rhizoma Dioscorae, Rhizoma Dioscoreae, Shan Yao, Wild Mexican Yam, Yam, Yuma.

What is Wild Yam?

Wild yam is a plant. The root and bulb are used to make medicine.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause, when wild yam cream is applied to the skin.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Use as a natural alternative to estrogens, postmenopausal vaginal dryness, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), osteoporosis, increasing energy and libido in men and women, gallbladder problems, painful menstruation (periods), or rheumatoid arthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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