Wild Yam, A Powerful African Medicinal Plant!


wild yam Dioscorea dregeana  By blare, Walter Sisulu BT, a

This item is not to be confused with "Designer drugs" like "k2" or "spice" because there are no synthetics or research chemicals involved. The plants within this database are natural and contain microscopic phytochemicals which are the pharmacy of nature. Many of the compounds that exist in plants are reccuring, and have taught us much. Even aspirin exist thanks to a plant know as the White Willow tree. Its bark is used in the mass production of this common over-the-counter drug.

Medicinal properties and applications: sedative, epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia, acute psychosis, analgesic, pain killer, spleen, stomach, to synthesize and manufacture birth control pills, cholesterol, anti-cancer, expectorant, diuretic.

Pharmacological constituents: diosgenin, DHEA ( potentially beneficial for: cancer, strength, memory, cardiovascular disease, lupus ). (Swerdlow 2000 354) Note: There are other alkaloids in this plant.

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                   "Wild Yam is used by the Zulu people of South Africa. They are the largest Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa. The Zulu names for Dioscorea dregeana are "Udakwa" and "Isidakwa". These names respectively mean "inducing drowsiness" and "a drunkard". It is a profound sedative that is used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and acute psychosis. This plant is used to sedate violent, psychotic patients, and as an analgesic. It's generally taken orally or as a weak decoction ( boiled for extended period of time ) with an adequate dose resulting in sleep within 20-30 minutes."[3]

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"Both the Aztec and Native Americans used Wild Yam as a narcotic-like pain killer, as well as to aid in the labor of childbirth. In Chinese medicine it was used for conditions of the spleen and stomach."(Swerdlow 2000 354) For many, science is their religion. Until science can prove it, they still doubt the history of its successful use. Fortunately, aside from consistent observation, we have the modern study of phytochemistry, which gives us scientific insight into the medicinal mechanisms of plants.[4]


As far as the phytochemistry of Wild Yam goes, it's quite impressive. While many foolishly arrogant individuals swear that there is no scientific inquiry into the medicinal applications of plants, drug companies extract medicines from them and sell them to the public. "In the 1930s scientist from Japan discovered that Wild Yam contains the constituent known as diosgenin, which is the main ingredient in the progesterone-containing oral contraceptive commonly known as the pill."(Swerdlow 2000 354)


You understood correctly. "The pill", comes from the Wild Yam plant. Birth control medicine comes from this botanical! I find it quite obvious that an alkaloid behaves much different when alone and free-based, vs how it does inside the plant matter. Thus, I find synthetic drugs to be dangerous attempts to mimic the behavior of natural medicines. After discovering that the majority of the worlds most famous and effective pharmaceutical drugs were stolen from nature and credited to human kind, the nonsensical statements that many people make about holistic remedies not being scientific irritates me. Take the time to do the research before you blurt out inaccurate information with your bias tendencies.

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"It's also a source of DHEA, which is a hormone that inhibits the production of excessive fatty acids and cholesterol. In homeopathic remedies, it's used for anti-cancer, expectorant, and diuretic properties."(Swerdlow 2000 354) So we see that it's far more than a powerful sedative with a history of use by what most people view as "primitive cultures". It turns out that they were right all along, and figured out important things without the need for science. Let this be a lesson learned when it comes to our assumptions about cultures who choose to stay away from the modern ways of life which are pushed on us by western dogmatic cultures.

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I had to try Wild Yam when I first discovered it. Sense sacred holistic medicine has been a major interest of mine, and a huge part of my life sense childhood, I enjoy branching out and experiencing new medicines and psychoactive treats. My experiences with Wild Yam were profound. It's by far one of the most powerful herbal sedatives that I have ever tried.

Like some really good Kava, too much can cause a sort of disoriented alcohol like intoxication. I experienced a definite intoxication and almost overwhelming state of physiological and psychological sedation. I started with what I guessed to be a moderate dose, rather than a small dose. With Wild Yam, I highly suggest using extreme caution. Many people assume because it's an herb that it won't pack a punch, and this is not an accurate assumption.

Researchers around the globe have been studying ethnobotanicals for many years. They have discovered many fascinating phytochemicals, or "compounds" that have had many profound effects and properties. From anesthetics, to sedatives, to stimulants, to antimicrobial, and anti-fungal, the list goes on. I would suggest Wild Yam for new researchers who are interested in rare ethnobotanicals from around the world.


Interestingly enough, not many people know that plants are capable of such interesting things. This information is not advertised like prescription drugs, or fast food. The facts are out there though. For more information written by educated professionals, there are plenty of books and online electronic databases with articles written by highly trained and educated proefessionals. You will surely be amazed at what you discover.

Warning: NOT FOR USE BY PREGNANT OR NURSING WOMEN OR THOSE TRYING TO BECOME PREGNANT!

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References:

[1] Swerdlow, J. L. (2000). Nature's medicine: Plants that heal. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehydroepiandrosterone

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[4] Phytochemistry. (2016, July 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:46, August 7, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phytochemistry&oldid=728083047

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