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the description os wild yam extract
Risun Bio-Tech Inc  Jan 03, 2017

The Description of Wild Yam Extract Powder 

    Wild yam is a plant. It contains a chemical, diosgenin, which can be made in the laboratory into various 

steroids, such as estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The root and the bulb of the plant are used 

as a source of diosgenin, which is prepared as an “extract,” a liquid that contains concentrated diosgenin.

    There are over 600 species of wild yam. Some species are grown specifically as a source of diosgenin for 

laboratories to use in making steroids. These species are generally not eaten due to a bitter flavor. Only about 

12 of the 600 species are considered edible.

    Diosgenin or wild yam is often promoted as a “natural alterative” to estrogen therapy, so you will see it 

used for estrogen replacement therapy, vaginal dryness in older women, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), 

menstrual cramps, weak bones (osteoporosis), increasing energy and sexual drive in men and women, and 

breast enlargement. Wild yam does seem to have some estrogen-like activity, but it is not actually converted 

into estrogen in the body. It takes a laboratory to do that.

    Similarly, you will also see wild yam and diosgenin promoted as a “natural DHEA.” This is because in the 

laboratory DHEA is made from diosgenin, but this chemical reaction is not believed to occur in the human 

body. So taking wild yam extract will not increase DHEA levels in people. Individuals who are interested in 

taking DHEA should avoid wild yam products labeled as "natural DHEA."

    Wild yam is also used for treating a disorder of the intestines called diverticulosis, gallbladder pain, 

rheumatoid arthritis, and for increasing energy.

   Some women apply wild yam creams to the skin to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.