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Wild Yam

Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 30, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Dioscorea alata
  • Dioscorea batatas
  • Dioscorea composita
  • Dioscorea floribunda
  • Dioscorea hirticaulis
  • Dioscorea japonica
  • Dioscorea macrostachya
  • Dioscorea mexicana
  • Dioscorea opposita
  • Dioscorea tepinapensis
  • Dioscorea villosa
  • American Yams
  • Atlantic Yams
  • Barbasco
  • China Root
  • Chinese Yams
  • Colic Root
  • Devil's Bones
  • Devil's bones
  • DHEA Naturelle
  • Dioscorée
  • Igname Sauvage
  • Igname Velue
  • Mexican wild yam
  • Mexican Wild Yams
  • Mexican Yams
  • Natural DHEA
  • Phytoestrogen
  • Phyto­-œstrogène
  • Rheumatism Root
  • Rhizoma Dioscoreae
  • Shan Yao
  • Wild Mexican Yams
  • Wild Yam Root
  • Wild Yams
  • Yuma
  • Ñame Silvestre

What is this product used for?

Wild yam is used by some women to help with signs of menopause. Others believe it will help treat painful periods or weak bones. Some people use it to increase energy, or for diverticulitis, gallbladder pain, or rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Diabetes

    • Cancer

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles

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