Wild yam is a vine which is native to North America but is also found in Mexico and Asia. It is a perennial plant and grows in poor to average soil. The root of wild yam has several medical applications. Wild yam is believed to help the endocrine system and the liver. It is also useful for treatment of morning sickness, menopause and infertility.
Wild yam is believed to play a role in breast enlargement.
It is also thought to be helpful in providing relief during menopause.
Wild yam increases libido and energy and is also a useful agent for natural birth control.
It is useful in treating and even preventing some conditions such as osteoporosis, gallbladder problems, painful menstrual periods, diverticulitis, rheumatoid arthritis and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
From the benefits of taking wild yam listed above, it becomes obvious that women will benefit the most from wild yam. There may be a few conditions common to men and women for which wild yam can be used but by and large, most of the conditions listed are specific to adult women, which is the main group of people who can benefit from taking wild yam.
Wild yam has not had an evaluation by the FDA so side effects of wild yam are not documented in a proper way and there may be a few side effects which may not be known or recorded.
The milder side effects of wild reported are headache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
Some severe side effects reported were severe allergic reactions manifested in the form of difficulty in breathing, itching, rash, hives, and swelling in the face and tightness in the chest.
If any of the above mentioned side effects are observed after taking or using wild yam, a qualified medical practitioner should be contacted.
For best results, the following doses are recommended:
The average recommended dosage is 2 grams to 4 grams or the equivalent liquid dosage. If it is used as a food supplement, 25 mg daily should be sufficient.
Doses higher that this should be prescribed by a medical practitioner only.
Higher doses carry the risk of irreversible changes in the voice of women and development of excessive body hair (hirsutism).
Disclaimer: While there are thought to be many benefits from taking wild yam, the conclusions from this article are not final and are subject to more evidence, as research still continues on the subject of wild yam.