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Dioscorea villosa

Name: Wild Yam
Biological Name: Dioscorea villosa
Nepali Name: Kukur diono
Other Names: Wild Yam, Colic Root, Rheumatism Root, China root, yuma, devil's bones

Parts Used: Dried underground parts

Active Compounds:
Steroidal saponins, based on diosgenin: dioscin, dioscorin, and others

Theraeputci Uses:
Anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, antibilious.

This valuable herb was at one time the sole source of the chemicals that were used as the raw materials for contraceptive hormone manufacture. In herbal medicine Wild Yam is a remedy that can be used to relieve intestinal colic, to soothe diverticulitis, ease dysmenorrhoea and ovarian and uterine pains. It is of great use in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, especially the acute phase where there is intense inflammation.

Traditional herbalists recommend this herb for: bilious colic; other forms of colic with spasmodic contractions; yellow skin and conjunctiva, with nausea and colicky pains; tongue coated, paroxysmal abdominal pain, and a stomach deranged; frequent small, flatulent, alvine passages; colic, with tenderness on pressure; sharp abdominal pain, made worse by motion.

Combinations : To relieve intestinal colic it may be combined with Calamus, Chamomile and Ginger. For rheumatoid arthritis it may be used with Black Cohosh.

Decoction: Put l-2 teaspoonfuls of the herb in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.


No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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