Benefits of Wild Yam

This plant is also known as rheumatism root and colic root. This is not the same yam people eat like potatoes. This wild yam is a slender vine growing most profusely in the tropical portion of the U.S. The taste is insipid, afterwards acrid, and it is inodorous.

It is valuable in all forms of colic, especially in bilious colic and in the pains consequent upon gall stones. It will relieve in a positive manner, relax the muscular fiber, and soothe the nerves.

It is useful in cholera morbus, flatulence, facial neuralgia, and in almost any painful condition, it affords wonderful relief. For uterine pains and for after pains, wild yam cannot be surpassed.

In the pains commonly found in the pregnant state, with nervousness and restlessness, it would be difficult to over-estimate the value of wild yam. It may be taken throughout the whole period of pregnancy with excellent results. It quiets nausea. It is a superior preventative of miscarriage and in the trying cramps in the region of the uterus in the latter stages of pregnancy.

In the preliminary stage of parturition in nervous females, it quiets the nerves and helps in labor.

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For the prevention of miscarriage and to ease the pains, the following is excellent: 1 oz. each wild yam, squaw vine (mitchella), and false unicorn and 1/2 oz. black haw simmered in 1 qt., water for 20 min. Strain and take wine-glassful every 3 or 4 hours.

In dysmenorrhea, make a hot infusion with 3 parts wild yam and 1 part ginger. It will give speedy relief. This will also relieve uterine hyperaemia, produce a good outward flow of blood to the surface and a menstrual flow.

Wild yam is extremely good in nervous excitability. In nervous rheumatism, it soothes, tones, and relaxes.

Sciatica can be helped with wild yam, cramp bark, poke root, and oil of winter green.

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