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wild yam

wild yam

Quite a useful plant. Vine with alternating leaves, which have very prominent veins which run lengthwise from the center top of the heart shape out into a fan pattern. Root runs horizontal underground. Small greenish yellow flowers droop is clusters (male) and droopy spike heads (female). The thick parts of the root (tuber) is the part you want. Most steroid hormones were originally derived from yams. Provides building blocks for progesterone. Used to help all kinds of female problems, like painful menses, PMS, menopause, hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes and vaginal dryness. Wild yam also strengthens the adrenal glands, which assists with hormone balance. Antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, vasodilator Supports the growth of beneficial intestinal flora. Source of phytoestrogens to prevent bone loss. Components from the root used to treat asthma, arthritis, eczema, colic, gastrointestinal & digestive issues like irritable bowel, spasms, rheumatism, menopause, sexual issues, labor pains, morning sickness, impotence, prostate, high blood pressure, migraines, bursitis, dermatitis, bites, stings, rashes. But wait, there’s more... it’s also used to help the liver and endocrine system. Root tea is easy way of taking it.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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Chin et al., "Neuroprotective effects of Dioscorea opposita on scopolamine-induced memory impairment in in vivo behavioral tests and in vitro assays," Journal ofEthnopharmacology, vol.
and Dioscorea opposita Thunb.) in India, Philippines, Burma, Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan (Nakayama, 1939; Khurana et al., 1974; Hirano and Muramoto, 1976a, b; Hirano et al., 1976; Muramoto et al., 1976; Wu, 1982; Zhang et al., 2003; Zheng and Wang, 2009; Jiang, 2010; Wen and Wang, 2010; Wang and Tan, 2011).
The formula of product is Rehmanniae Praeparata Radix 8g (prepared root of Rehmannia glutinosa), Corni Fructus 4g (fruit of Cornus officinalis), Dioscoreae Rhizoma 4g (rhizome of Dioscorea opposita), Alismatis Rhizoma 4g (rhizome of Alisma orientalis), Moutan Cortex 3g (root bark of Paeonia suffruticosa) and Poria 3g (sclerotia of Poria cocos).
Exogenous effect of gibberellins andjasmonate on tuber enlargement of Dioscorea opposita. Agronomy Research, Saku, v.