Wild yam – Dioscorea Villosa
Antispasmodic and mild diaphoretic effects. Root used as a precursor to manufacturing progesterone and estrogen. Decreases intestinal inflammation. It has natural anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties and can be used to relieve symptoms of rheumatic conditions and severe cramping. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, spasmodic cramps, painful menstruation, and in small doses is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women.
** Suggested dosage: 6-12 drops 2 to 3 times a day
Precautions/Contraindications: May decrease the anti-inflammatory effect of indomethacin. May have additive estrogenic effect when used with estrogen containing drugs. Poisoning is conceivable with overdosase, but rare. No reported contraindications.
Resource: PDR of Herbal Medicine 1st Edition and/or New Way Herbs)