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.