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Wild yam is a twining vine that grows in a clockwise direction. It produces very dry and narrow rhizomes that have a bitter taste and are mainly used as a supplemental tea. Wild yam has been used for centuries by the Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments such as lessening the pain of rheumatism and providing relief from colic.


Wild Yam has a relaxing effect that is associated with its powerful antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this health benefit, it is often prescribed by herbalists to relieve menstrual cramps, chronic pelvic pain, digestive issues, asthma, and gastritis. The roots of the wild yam contain diosgenin, a plant-based estrogen and it is unclear if it can be converted to a hormone that a human can use just by ingesting this root. 



Dioscorea villosa






Dried Tuber & Root / Cut & Sifted


Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes

Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes

Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes

*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.



Wild Yam Root

SKU: 1174
  • Specific: Do not use this herb if you have a history of a hormone-driven condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.

    General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.


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

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