Dr. Laila Afrika once mentioned wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) used for menstrual cramps. People became highly interested in other health benefits wild yam may have. It turns out this wild stringy plant is pretty awesome.
According to the natural remedies encyclopedia the root of wild yam is the part used. The properties of wild yam root are diaphoretic, antispasmodic, and cholagogue. If these names did not give much understanding to you, another way to put it is by saying, wild yam affects your uterus, your joints, your muscles, it helps your liver, and it is good for your gallbladder.
Dr. Afrika wrote in African Holistic Health that wild yam when taken internally is an extremely dependable antispasmodic utilize for colic, abdominal cramps, menstrual cramps, and bowel spasm. He particularly recommends wild yam benefits for relaxing muscle spasm.
Wild yam properties
Wild yam is used in birth control pills because of its steroid like substance. You can also find wild yam in variety gland-balancing recipe medications.
Other benefits of wild yam
Wild yam decreases inflammation and encourages perspiration; also it is great for disorder in gallbladder, kidney stones, irritable bowel syndrome, and rheumatism. According to Dr. Afrika wild yam is used for a lot of women health problems; amongst them are premenstrual syndrome and menopause related symptoms.
Wild yam blood cleanser recipe
Combine wild yam with other herbs to cleanse the blood such as burdock or yellow dock root to clean out wastes from your body, and to help with joints that are sore and stiff.
Wild yam for threatened miscarriage
- Half of a teaspoon of dried ginger
- One tsp. Of red raspberry leaf, and one pint of natural spring water steep for 20 minutes, strain, and drink a mouthful every thirty minutes to prevent miscarriage.
Wild yam for nausea
- two oz. of wild yam mix with warm natural spring water and honey to combat nausea
Wild yam for pain and arthritis
- 25-30 drops of wild yam tinctures mix with warm natural spring water and drink it three times a day.
- Or 25-30 drops of wild yam tincture, 15-20 drops of burdock root, 10-15 drops of motherwort, and 10-15 drops of black cohosh.
References: African Holistic Health, Natural remedies Encyclopedia, Sacred Woman by Queen Afua.