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erbal Medicine Materia Medica
 

Wild Yam

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

Dioscorea villosa

Part Used: Dried underground parts.

Constituents: Steroidal saponins, based on diosgenin: dioscin, dioscorin, and others.

Actions: Anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, cholagogue, diaphoretic.

Indications: This valuable herb was at one time the sole source of the chemicals that were used as the raw materials for contraceptive hormone manufacture. In herbal medicine Wild Yam is a remedy that can be used to relieve intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. It is of great use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, especially the acute phase where there is intense inflammation.

Preparations & Dosage: Decoction: put l-2 teaspoonfuls of the herb in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.

About The Author
Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary......more
 
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