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Dioscorea villosa  L.

   

Botanical Name

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Dioscorea villosa L.

English Name

:

Wild Yam

Family

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Dioscoreaceae

 

General Info

Description

A perennial which can reach a height of 3 Meters (10 feet ). The stem is slender, rarely branched and tends to twine right to left or counterclockwise but this may not be apparent. The leaves are alternate. The lowest leaves may appear whorled. Each leaf is entire, cordate, with tapering tip and seven to eleven parallel veins. They may be hairy (villos) on the underside. The flowers have 6 regular parts and are up to 0.5cm wide (0.2 inches).

Herb Effects

Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue, diaphoretic and vasodilator (roots)

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Diosgenin, dioscin, dioscorin

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Formula

Structure

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Diosgenin 512-04-9 Not Available C27H42O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Dioscin 60478-68-4 Not Available C45H72O16 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

As contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in a host of other diseases such as asthma and arthritis (roots); for bilious colic, it is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women and has been used to ease the pain of childbirth, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, painful menstruation etc (plant)

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