Benefits of wild yam.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice , I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and knowledgeable functional medicine practitioner.

Wild yam and smilax (Dioscorea spp)

Most wild yams and smilax are very chemically similar and have the same benefits. They have been found to have antibiotic properties especially against staph infection. They inhibit many pathways Covid and herpes use to infect cells. They have been shown to reduce the symptoms of gout and joint inflammation by reducing uric acid levels.. Also domesticated sweet potatoes are chemically very similar. Wild yams have been shown to reduce the symptoms if arthritis. They have anti-inflammatory properties and are cardioprotective. They have been shown to reduce gut inflammation and prevent the damage caused by infections including corona. Dioscorea Batatas I would avoid it stimulates TLR4 which is overexpressed in Crohn’s , interstitial cystitis , Corona and herpes infections. Wild yam species have potent antioxidant properties. Wild yam inhibits the effects of endotoxins. They inhibit coagulation and fibrin pathways which would prevent excess blood clotting. I cannot find research to support this but many use it to prevent muscle spasms, and uterine spasms and contractions. Dioscorea villosa is the most researched and most used. It has been found to reduce candida overgrowth and bacteria infection in the gut. It helps prevent liver fibrosis so would help with fatty liver disease. It helps prevent the negative effects caused by endotoxins. It protects from endotoxemia induced brain injury. It also increases expression of genes inhibited by herpes and other RNA viruses. It increases beta oxidation which would improve mitochondrial function. It also helps prevent diabetes by improving pancreatic function. Wild yam increases 5-HT which gives it , it’s antidepressant effects. It is supposedly effective against breast cancer but I am skeptic of cancer curing claims because the cause of the cancer should also be addressed and often times in those studies that has not been determined and addressed.

Wild Yam



Dioscoria Villosa

This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. I am posting this for educational and informational purposes only. Please be careful make sure you know a plant before you use it.

Known as Wild Yam. I have tasted it, it is not to bad. The leaves and root contain estrogen like chemicals and have steroidal like properties. This one has been found to have many benefits for women. There are hundreds of varieties of Discoria and many of them have similar phytochemicals. The most common one found in North America is D Villosa. There is one from China that grows a bigger root. D Villosa is the one I grow. It contains diosgenin which is an estrogen like chemical.

Helps with menstruation and and female fertility.

Has steroidal type properties.

The leaves have antioxidants and do not taste that bad.

Has steroid like properties which reduces pain and inflammation.

Helps with breast cancer.

Helps with hyperglycemia

Not certain of this study haven’t seen others. Claims over consumption can cause kidney fibrosis.

Can inhibit bone loss.

Here is a recent study showing diosgenin fights cancer, inflammation, increases thickness of skin, has antibiotic properties, helps with diabetes, helps with thrombosis (blood clotting), and is and anticoagulant. Has cardioprotective properties.

Prevents oxalates.