Wild Yam

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Common Name Wild Yam
Latin Name Dioscorea villosa
Family Dioscoreacea
Part Used Root
Gathering Time Tropical plant which is harvested in the fall
Constituents Steroidal saponins including dioscine, phytosterols, alkaloid, tannins, and lots of starch
Actions Anti spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, cholagogue, anti-bilious, hepatic
Common Uses Useful for cramping of smooth muscle tissue, including intestinal and uterine muscles.
Contraindications Unknown
Possible Drug Interactions None known
Overdose Symptoms None known

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