Mexican Wild Yam is a very good antispasmodic so is good for menstrual cramps, relaxing muscles, soothing nerves, relieving pain, poor circulation and neuralgia, for the inflammatory stage of rheumatory arthritis and for abdominal and intestinal cramping.
It has long been used for its benefits in womens reproductive health, including pre-menstrual syndrome and menopausal problems. It can be taken in capsules or in tea (though there are mixed opinions on the flavour). The powder can be added to creams or vaginal ointments.
Today, many body builders use Mexican Wild Yam as part of the process as it contains chemicals that aid in the production of healthy hormones. It has also been used to treat hormonal conditions.
In 1936, Japanese researchers discovered glycoside saponins in many types of Mexican yams. These elements were then able to be converted into the steroid known as steroid saponins, primarily diosgenin. These agents are then used to create the hormone progesterone, an intermediary in cortisone production.
In women, the herb is used as well in other things such as creams and chemical solutions derived from it are used in treating several problems related to menstruation.
For example, extracts from the yams are believed to be able to stimulate the ovaries allowing a balance of progesterone and estrogen to be produced alleviating symptoms of PMS or menopause. Creams derived from the yams are also used in soothing menstrual cramps as well as treat acute labor and post partum pain.
Mexican Wild Yam also can be therapeutic on many aspects of human health. For example it has therapeutic action on the health of the liver. Many feel that because it helps in stabilizing blood pressure and cholesterol levels that it indirectly contributes to the health of the liver as it decreases stress. If these processes are working properly, the liver won’t have to do as much work as this organ acts as the body’s stabilizer.
Elements derived from Mexican Wild Yam have also been effective in treating muscle pains for both body builders and menstruating women. Creams made using the elements of the herbs are also good at reducing muscle inflammation.
Studies are being done in labs to further learn about the healing qualities this herb possesses. After it has been made apparent, the doctors will then appreciate what it can contribute to medicine.