Wild yam produces a chemical in the laboratory which can be converted into various hormones, such as estrogen. The body can’t alter wild yam to estrogen, though. Certain sections of the wild yam may be behaving like estrogen within the body
Here are the few benefits of wild yam root:
1. Symptoms of menopause
Some herbal medicine practitioners consider using wild yam to treat menopause symptoms as an alternative to estrogen-replacement therapy. The idea is that wild yam can increase or stabilize levels of estrogen in the body to help alleviate the symptoms of an individual
2. Arthritis rheumatoid
Many traditional practitioners of medicine claim the wild yam possesses anti-inflammatory properties and use it to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes joints to become inflamed. This can cause pain and stiffness in people with the condition which restricts mobility.
3. Regulation on blood sugar
Wild yam also contains a chemical called discretize, which is thought by some to help regulate blood sugar levels. Wild yam can be useful in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes sufferers. However, dioscoretine ‘s effect on blood sugar has so far only been studied in animals. Whether it would have the same impact on humans is uncertain.
4. Cramps and heartburn
Some wild yam advocates believe it has anti-spasmodic properties which are substances that reduce muscle spasms. For example, this anti-spasmodic property means wild yam may be useful in reducing cramps and muscle pain associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). There is therefore a need for further work to confirm this.
5. Healthy skin
Wild yam root is an ingredient common in anti-aging skin creams. One test-tube research noted that diosgenin can promote the growth of new skin cells which may have anti-aging effects. Overall work on the root of wild yam is however limited.