Dioscorrea villosa
Also called Mexican Wild Yam or Colic Root, this valuable plant has become very well known in the least few years for its remarkable ability to balance or stimulate human hormone production and is now used in many female hormone-balancing formulas.
Wil Yam has been found to contain a progesterone-like precursor, which is extremely helpful in relieving menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It also contains a natural chemical called diosgenin, a steroid-like substance which has been used in a highly concentrated form for the production of birth control pills.

However, diosgenin ingested in a small doses in its natural form as herbal Wild Yam provides just the opposite effect, actually increasing fertility.

Historically, Wild Yam has been used to treat abdominal pain and digestive disorder (including colic), exhaustion, gas, liver problems, urinary problems, nausea, restlessness, rheumatism and urinary problems. Its has also been successfully used for treating exhausted adrenal glands and especially the combination of tired adrenals and low blood sugar.

Wild Yam has an overall effect on the liver and helps to lower blood alkaloid substance which relaxes the stomach wall muscles.

Cases of nervous excitably are also relieved with this important herb.

Specific female problems that have responded well to Wild Yam Root include : after-birth pain, dysmenorrhea (irregular, painful menstruation), female hormone imbalances, hypoglycemia, menstrual cramps, miscarriage, morning sickness, nervous tension.

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