Wild Yam, A Powerful African Medicinal Plant!


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 from my perspective. 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 that produces an acid which is used in the mass production of this common over-the-counter drug.


Medicinal properties and applications according to herbalism and phytochemical studies Antibacterial; 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: Mucilage(antibacterial)diosgenin, DHEA ( potentially beneficial for: cancer, strength, memory, cardiovascular disease, lupus ). (Swerdlow 2000 354) Note: There are other alkaloids in this plant.


         "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 what they believe to be a profound sedative by herbalists in these traditional cultures that they swear it treats epilepsy, hysteria, insomnia and acute psychosis. This plant is used by these cultures 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]


The Zulu People


"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] For proof of this, please see my scholarly citations at the bottom of every page. I link to journals published by highed trained and educated professionals. One such study evaluates the potential antibacterial properties of the mucilage constituent in which it produces. This is interesting to me because the leaves are fuzzy, much like the plant called Mullein, which also creates Mucilage!


As far as the phytochemistry of Wild Yam goes, it's quite impressive. While many individuals swear that there is no scientific inquiry into the medicinal applications of plants, it seems that 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) Again, this is just one example. Please don't take this as a medical claim though. Read the research for yourself, and play it safe, while using intuition and observation.


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. This is my view and some may be upset by it. Please respect my words as I avoid making medical claims. 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.


"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 in herbalism 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.


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 potential medicines and soothing treats. My experiences with Wild Yam were profound. It's by far one of the most powerful herbal sedatives that I have ever tried. I suggest always using caution and don't just blindly take a large dose of anything without research. Check my sources and see what all you can learn! Speak with a doctor. I prefer a doctor who avoids pills at all costs, while giving valid lifestyle advise such as diet, exercise, etc. Many health professionals will try to correct issues naturally, rather than revert straight to a pharmaceutical.


Like some really good Kava, too much can cause a sort of disoriented alcohol like intoxication. I experienced a definite psuedo-inebriation and almost overwhelming state of physiological and psychological sedation. It reminds me very much so of Valerian root as an herbal sedative. 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. I want to see more people persue phytochemistry in their university studies!


Interestingly enough, not many people know that plants are potentially 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!

One ounce is equivalent to roughly 10-15 doses.[3]
Organic Wild Yam Scientific Name: Dioscorea dregeana



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