The wild yam has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries and is best known for helping those with hormonal issues. The benefits go much further than this. Some may be surprising to you.
What Is Wild Yam?
First, let’s consider what wild yam is. It is a medicinal herb and both the bulb and the root are used in herbal health. These are transformed into root powder and are available in supplement form or, in tincture. Wild yam root is readily available at your local health store or if requested, through mail order. It is relatively inexpensive and has a long history. It was used centuries ago by both the Mayans and the Aztecs as a way to promote digestive health. Since then, it has been mainly used for hormonal health.
Wild yam alleviates joint aches and pains although it does not work in the same way as painkillers. Taken regularly, it improves fertility and balances the endocrine system. It contains the chemical diosgenin and this chemical transforms in a laboratory setting resulting in estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). There are actually over 600 species of wild yam but not all are used for health benefits.
Wild Yam and Hormonal Health
Wild yam settles fluctuating periods and counteracts irritability, breast tenderness or the painful, swollen stomach that occurs prior to a monthly period. The endocrine system is delicate at best and so, an imbalance can easily occur. When hormonal difficulties occur, the result is painful or irregular periods, joint or pelvic pain. Many women suffer joint pain at ‘that time of the month’. If pain is triggered by extreme hormonal fluctuations, herbal remedies can help. Ideally, monitor over several months to see if interconnected. If yes, try wild ram.
Herbalists prescribe wild yam so to alleviate or reduce menstrual cramps. Hormonal dysfunction has many unpleasant side-effects and can manifest in numerous ways. It affects emotional and physical well-being. Wild yam also aids the function of the uterus. Promoted as a natural progesterone, it is a useful herb to use at the time of the menopause and many women believe in its therapeutic qualities.
There is some controversy with the chemical diosgenin as the body is unable to covert it naturally hence the need for the chemical conversion in the laboratory. Even so, many women have found it to be beneficial for all period-related issues including the menopause. Wild yam root may also reduce the risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease for those post-menopausal women. It is worth considering.
It is considered a natural alternative to ethylene therapy and alleviates menstrual cramps but improves energy levels and a failing sex drive. I addition, symptoms of PMS alleviate. Vaginal dryness is another side effect of the menopause and this improves by using this herb on a regular basis.