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Wild Yam

Dioscorea Villosa

Although there seems to be no scientific basis for most of the folk remedies for which wild yam was used, various dioscorea species are an important sourse of diosgenin used by the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of birth control pills and certain other steroid drugs. The steroidlike properties of wild yam may account for its effectiveness in treating rheumatism and similar inflammatory diseases.

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