Wild Yam Root c/s
Botanical Name - Dioscorea villosa
Other Names - Colic Root, China Root, Devil's Bones, Rheumatism Root, Yuma
Origin - USA
Flavor Profile - The root has a bitter taste.
Culinary Usages - Decoct to produce teas and tonics. The root may also be tinctured. Seldom found in liquid extract form.
Cosmetic Usages - Add infusions and tinctures of wild yam root to skin creams and lotions.
Wild Yam is a perennial vine with a long history of use by indigenous peoples of North and Central Americas. It is also poorly understood, even today. The plant contains diosgenin, a compound used to make the first birth control pills. While diosgenin can be converted into progesterone in the laboratory, it cannot be converted into progesterone in the human body. Wild yam contains no progesterone, natural or otherwise, hence it is not biologically active in the body.
The dried wild yam root is used to produce decoctions and tinctures, as well as infusions for topical use.
Precautions - Do not use this herb if you have a history of a hormone-driven condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.
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