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Wild Yam

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?

No information from medical studies supports the use of this product for any health problem.

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.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

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

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