The tuberous roots of the wild yam have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and were commonly prescribed to help treat menstrual cramping, coughs and stomach issues. In more modern times it’s been used topically to help soothe menopausal symptoms and PMS.
Wild yam root may offer some relief to women battling menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. It is often recommended by alternative therapists as a substitute for oestrogen replacement therapy. Wild yam root contains diosgenin, a plant steroid that in conventional medicine scientists use to produce steroids including progesterone, oestrogen and cortisone.
That same plant steroid is also responsible for wild yam root’s reputation as a treatment for joint conditions like arthritis. Diosgenin may slow the progression of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, wild yam root also has anti-inflammatory effects which can help ease pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints.
Wild yam root could also make for a potent addition to anti-ageing skincare. Its diosgenin may help to encourage the healthy growth of new skin cells, boosting skin’s youthfulness and keeping it healthy and radiant.
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