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Wild Yam, Dioscorea villosa
Parts used: Root.
Constituents: Phytosterols, Steroidal saponins, Alkaloids, Tannins.
Actions: Anti-inflammatory (specific bowel), Spasmolytic, Cholagogue, Mild diaphoretic, Anti-rheumatic, Ovarian tonic, Antioxidant.
Indications:
Intermittent claudication, Intestinal colic, IBS, Cholecystitis, Cystitis, Diverticulitis, Bilious colic, Cramps, Diarrhoea, Gall stones, Dysmenorrhoea, Nausea in pregnancy, Muscular rheumatism, Gout, Rheumatoid arthritis, Menstrual cramps, PMS, Ovarian and uterine pain, Migraine, threatened miscarriage, (antioxidant; serum lipid peroxidation, HDL).
Also known to have a therapeutic action on overall liver health, it is believed that wild yam root`s ability to lower blood cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure indirectly helps the liver by increasing its efficiency and reducing stress.
BHP specific, for Bilious colic and acute phase of Rheumatoid arthritis.
Herbal extract: 20-40mL per week.
Energetics: Bitter, astringent, warming, dry. Dosha: VP- K=.
Meridians: liver, gallbladder, kidney.
Contraindications: None.