Wild Yam contains a multitude of hormone-like compounds that have been used to effectively treat a variety of medical problems.
Researchers have long believed that certain species of the Dioscorea plant (wild yam) have powerful medicinal uses due to the existence of specialized phytochemicals called “hormone precursors”. Hormone precursors assist in the body’s production of prohormones, such as DHEA and Pregnenolone. These substances help regulate the body’s metabolism. Unfortunately, the body’s natural levels of prohormones begin to decrease in the 20s. Research has shown a direct correlation between this drop in prohormone levels and obesity, lethargy, and other degenerative health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recognizes Dioscorea as a spasmolytic, mild diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and it is listed for use in the treatment of the following: intestinal colic, diverticulitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscular rheumatism, cramps, and ovarian & uterine pain.
Dioscorea is of special value to people interested in losing weight as it helps the body produce progesterone which assists in theragenic metabolic activities.