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What other names is Yucca known by?

Adam's Needle, Aloe Yucca, Arbre de Josué, Bear Grass, Dagger Plant, Joshua Tree, Mohave Yucca, Mojave Yucca, Our-Lord's-Candle, Soapweed, Spanish Bayonet, Yuca, Yucca aloifolia, Yucca angustifolia, Yucca arborescens, Yucca brevifolia, Yucca filamentosa, Yucca glauca, Yucca mohavensis, Yucca schidigera, Yucca whipplei.

What is Yucca?

Yucca is the common name for the more than 40 species of plants in the Yucca genus. The root of the non-flowering plant is used to make medicine.

Yucca is used for osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders.

Some people apply yucca directly to the skin for sores, skin diseases, bleeding, sprains, joint pain, baldness, and dandruff.

In manufacturing, yucca extract is used as a foaming and flavoring agent in carbonated beverages. Many compounds from yucca have been used in the manufacture of new drugs.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Arthritis. Early research suggests that a yucca extract might reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • High blood pressure. Taking yucca by mouth in combination with proper diet and exercise might help lower blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol and high triglycerides. Taking yucca by mouth in combination with a low-fat diet and exercise seems to help lower blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, taking yucca extract along with quillaia extract by mouth for 4 weeks seems to decrease cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
  • Migraines.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Diabetes.
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Skin problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yucca for these uses.

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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