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Wild Yam 6%~30% Diosgenin

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6%~30% Diosgenin-UV
Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)
It has been hypothesized that wild yam (Dioscorea villosa and other dioscorea species) possesses properties similar to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and is converted in the body into human sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. However, these properties are unlikely and the mistaken beliefs may be based on the fact that wild yam has been used in the industrial manufacturing of some hormones in factories. Manufacturers have attributed the hormonal activity of some topical wild yam preparations to contamination with synthetic progesterone.


Uses:These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.


High cholesterol, Menopausal symptoms


Hormonal properties (estrogenic, progestational, DHEA-like)


*Key to grades: A: Strong scientific evidence for this use; B: Good scientific evidence for this use; C: Unclear scientific evidence for this use; D: Fair scientific evidence against this use; F: Strong scientific evidence against this use.

Avoid wild yam if allergic or hypersensitive to wild yam or any member of the Dioscorea plant family. Use cautiously with history of hormone-sensitive conditions (like breast cancer or endometrial cancer), asthma, blood clots, stroke, or diabetes. Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effects:
Difficulty breathing, low blood sugar, skin rash, stomach upset, uterine contractions
Possible interactions:
Anti-inflammatories, hormonal drugs, birth control pills, drugs used to control blood sugar, drugs used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, herbs and supplements with similar effects (like garlic, red clover, and bitter melon).
Products containing wild yam may be standardized to 10% diosgenin per dose. There are no standard or well-studied doses of wild yam, and many different doses are used traditionally.
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