Wild Yam

Latin:  Dioscorea villosa

Family:  Dioscoraceae

Parts Used  Root and rhizome

Taste/Energetics:  Bland, bitter, neutral, moistening

Properties:  Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic

Actions:  Traditionally this is an herb that’s been used for its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect to decrease pain.  It is commonly used for healing muscle tears and injuries, spasms, arthritis and swelling.  It can be quite helpful for inflamed intestinal complaints such as ulcers, colitis, stomach cramps and irritable bowel syndrome.   Its antispasmodic effect is also useful for menstrual cramps.

Dosage:  Tincture 1-3 ml to 3 x/day.  As decoction 2-4 tsp in pint of hot water for 40 minutes, to 3 x/day.

Contraindications:   Excessive dosage can lead to nausea.  Avoid in pregnancy.