Yam, native to North America, is a member of the Dioscorea family.
The medicinal portion of the plant is its dried root. For centuries
the wild yam, containing diosgenin, a natural precursor to progesterone,
has been used as a nutritional support for womens glandular
systems. Native American women discovered that it reduces the discomforts
associated with pregnancy and labor. An extract of the Wild Yam
has been used as a remedy for high cholesterol, lowering triglyceride
levels and raising the level of good HDL. It has also
been found effective as a remedy for gallbladder problems, painful
menstruation, rheumatism, and stomach upsets, including morning
sickness. Caution: Excessive doses may cause nausea.