Wild Yam Root Powder

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Botanical Name: Dioscorea villosa
Origin: USA
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Native to eastern North America, wild yam habitat spans from the southern Provence of Ontario, Canada to Florida and from the Great Plains to Rhode Island. Bitter to taste, wild yam is not consumed as food but is widely used for its beneficial properties. Dioscorea villosa is a twisting, climbing vine with heart-shaped, deeply veined leaves and long, tuberous rhizomes. A perennial and dioecious member of the Dioscoreaceae family, wild yam likes to grow in damp, sandy soils along the borders of woodlands and thickets.

Wild yam has been employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years since the time of the writing of the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica. The roots and rhizomes of wild yam have also been utilized in North American indigenous healing practices for their wellness-supporting qualities. Later, European settlers took to the healthful properties of the root and incorporated it into American folk herbalism.

There is a great deal of misinformation among consumers, practitioners, and natural product vendors alike about the connection between Dioscorea villosa and progesterone. Wild yam naturally contains saponins yielding diosgenin, a steroid-like substance. While diosgenin can be manipulated into human hormones in a laboratory setting, it cannot be converted into progesterone in the human body. Wild yam contains no progesterone, natural or otherwise.

Our wild yam powder is ground from wildharvested root. Typical preparations of wild yam root powder include decoction or maceration as a liquid extract. It is often blended into polyherbal formulations. 

Precautions
No known precautions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.