Wild yam has a long traditional use as an herbal remedy for stomach discomfort, especially for menstruating women.*
In the 1700's and 1800's wild yam was used by herbalists and eclectic physicians for menstrual complaints, assisting with the pain of child labor, and for digestive disturbances in children and coughs.*
Acknowledged as the "colic root" and working as a good antispasmodic‚ it may help relax muscles and reduce abdominal‚ intestinal and menstrual cramps.*
Increasing bile flow‚ wild yam may also help improve liver and gall bladder conditions.*
Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is a vine native to North America. The root is rich in saponins, mainly diosgenin.
It is an unfortunate misunderstanding that wild yam should contain substances that can be converted to hormones, mainly progesterone or DHEA, in the body. This is not the case at all.
Looking back however, it is quite easy to see how this misconception came to be.
In the 1940's the American chemist Russell Marker invented an easy and economical way of synthesizing steroid hormones by using the diosgenin from the Mexican yam species Dioscorea mexicana. This revolutionized the mass-production of hormones and paved the way for pharmaceuticals such as cortisone and the birth control pill. 
Diosgenin must be converted into other hormones in a lab setting though. This does not happen naturally.
Wild yam can be a wonderful natural remedy against stomach discomfort during menstruation and/or menstrual cramps, especially during peri-menopause.*
Take 2 capsules daily‚ preferably with food.
Ingredients per 1 capsule:
|Wild yam root (Dioscorea villosa)|| 425 mg
Plant-derived capsule (hypromellose)‚ magnesium stearate
Store tightly sealed at room temperature, out of reach of children.
Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
 American Chemical Society International Historic Chemical Landmarks. The "Marker Degradation" and Creation of the Mexican Steroid Hormone Industry 1938-1945. (Accessed May 13, 2021)