Wild Yam

Wild Yam

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

American yam, Atlantic yam, barbasco, China root, Chinese yam, colic root, devil’s bones, Mexican yam

Introduction

Wild yam is a root vegetable. It can be cooked and eaten. Wild yam has also been used to ease symptoms of menopause as an alternative to estrogen. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Wild yam can also be made into a tea.

Dosages

There are no advised doses for wild yam.

What Research Shows

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take wild yam in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period or by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.

References

A. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

A1. Zhao YL, Song HR, et al. The effects of Chinese yam-epimedium mixture on respiratory function and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Tradit Chin Med. 2012 Jun;32(2):203-207.

B. Menopausal Symptoms

B1. Komesaroff PA, Black CV, et al. Effects of wild yam extract on menopausal symptoms, lipids and sex hormones in healthy menopausal women. Climacteric. 2001 Jun;4(2):144-150.

Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 3/26/2020

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