In Herbal Healing for Women, author Rosemary Gladstar states that wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) “is the most widely used herb in the world today,” with derivatives of the herb present in thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. It is used both as a breast enhancer and a sexual stimulant, and is recommended by herbalist Susun Weed, author of Breast Cancer?Breast Health!, for fostering healthy breast tissue. Weed suggests adding the herb to creams for breast massage and notes that women using this mixture see improvements in both breast health and size.
Wild Yam has long been used for it’s benefits in women’s reproductive health, including premenstrual syndrome and menopausal problems. It can be taken in capsules or in tea (though there are mixed opinions on the flavor). The powder can be added to creams or vaginal ointments.
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Recommendations and Research*: There is a common misconception that Wild yam contains progesterone. This stems from the early use of wild yam to produce synthetic progesterone, a chemical process that does not occur in the human body simply from consuming wild yam. Claims that wild yam is a "natural progesterone" are simply not true. This, unfortunately, led many in the scientific and medical community to discard wild yam as a worthless scam. But, wild yam contains diosgenin, dioscin, phytosterols, sapponins, tanins and other phytoestrogens that make it an effective and highly regarded medicine in natural healing circles.
While there has been little research into wild yam, other than its use in making synthetic progesterone, many native American healers and highly respected herbalists lend credence to its medicinal properties. Susan Weed, author of "Breast Cancer? Breast Health!" suggests many uses for the herb and attests to its effectiveness in her practice.
Safety Issues: Wild yam, a commonly eaten food, is on the FDA "GRAS" list of foods "Generally Regarded as Safe." It should not be consumed in high doses by pregnant women.
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