Not to be confused with the Sweet Potato, the Wild Yam has been used for centuries to ease the pain and discomfort of menstruation. This all natural extract has been harnessed at optimal concentration to help rebalance female hormones and treat cramps, nausea and inflammation.
In Europe, when we hear the term Yam, our minds are drawn to our ‘young' neighbours over the pond and how we like to tease them for their endearing linguistic idiosyncrasies. After all, we know that when an American refers to a Yam, they're really just talking about a sweet potato.
And we're right. Sort of. Yams are firmer, far less digestible fruits of the twisting, tuberous vine that is the Dioscorea villosa. They are native to North America and have been a part of herbal history for centuries. They aren't, however, edible. The confusion occurred when African slaves used to spot the plants in fields and mistake them for the softer, sweet potatoes they recognised from their own continent.
Naming them as such, they inadvertently created one of the most longstanding misnomers in US history. Because in the States, if you eat something labelled ‘Yams' you are almost certainly just eating Sweet Potatoes.
Not that the Yam doesn't have its uses. Far from it in fact. Ever since the 18th and 19th centuries, herbalists have been using the Wild Yam to treat a range of hormonal problems, including menstrual cramps and issues with childbirth. They even used it to treat coughs and upset stomachs.
Swanson Health Products have jumped on that ancient science and created these simple 400mg capsules. Using the root of the Wild Yam, they believe they have been able to harness all the goodness of this fabled plant.
Of course, like most ancient remedies, as modern science began to take over, the remedial qualities of the Wild Yam were soon disregarded as little more than folk healing.
That is until the 1950s when a small group of scientists began to look a little more deeply into the purported health benefits of the mysterious Yam. What they discovered was that the roots of Wild Yam, also known as the rhizomes, contain a chemical called diosgenin.
Diosgenin is a phytoestrogen, which is a term used to describe a plant-based oestrogen. A hormone that humans are actually capable of ingesting and transforming into progesterone. By the 1960s, Diosgenin was being used to create the world's first birth control pills.
Aside from its ability to be transformed into a form of birth control, Wild Yam is also a very good antispasmodic. Meaning that it can be used as a great way to ease menstrual cramps by relaxing the muscles. It can also be used to relieve pain, soothe nerves and even ease the inflammatory stage of rheumatoid arthritis.
To be used as a dietary supplement. Take one capsule once or twice a day with a glass of water.Special Precautions
WARNING: Not suitable for anyone who is pregnant or nursing.
If you are already on other medication or suffer from any pre-existing conditions which you believe may contradict this supplement then ALWAYS seek advice from your doctor or health practitioner before taking.
Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Do not take if the outer seal is broken or damaged upon purchase.