dioscorea villosa

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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.
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Vines found in or around this meadow include Dioscorea villosa, Menispermum canadense, and Toxicodendron radicans.
Dioscorea composita or Increased bromodeoxyuridine Dioscorea villosa uptake and intracellular cAMP L (Dioscoreaceae) level in keratinocytes 14.
Current phytotherapeutic treatment of menopausal symptoms involves herbs with a tradition of less than three generations of use, (100 years of use is the minimum requirement for the label 'traditional use' according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia) such as Dioscorea villosa (wild yam), Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh), Helonias dioica/ Chamaelirium luteum (false unicorn root) and Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree/berry).
Preparative separation of dioscin derivatives from Dioscorea villosa by centrifugal partition chromatography coupled with evaporative light scattering detection.