Wild yam root, also known as Dioscorea villosa, is a perennial vine native to North America. It is found in wooded areas and along streams and has heart-shaped leaves and small greenish-white flowers. The root of the wild yam plant is long and tuberous, and it has been traditionally used by indigenous peoples for various purposes. It is often dried and powdered for use in traditional herbal remedies.
Wild yam root is commonly used in herbal medicine to support digestion and to promote overall well-being, although there is limited scientific evidence to support these uses. It is important to note that wild yam root is not the same as the hormone-regulating drug DHEA, which is derived from a synthetic version of the plant.
Botanical Name: Dioscorea villosa
Also known as: Colic root, devil's bones, four-leaf yam