Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: Known years ago among the slaves as Colic root, it was used for colic and rheumatism because of its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic qualities. It was discovered in the early 1940s by Russell e. Marker that Mexican yams had hormones which acted like progesterone in the body and were a useful contraceptive, which was the sole base for the manufacture of birth control pills. Now Mexican wild yam is promoted mostly for menopausal women to help balance hormones.
How to use: Today, its only effective use is in a cream form. Small (very small)doses are applied to the fatty tissue areas of the body and absorbed via the skin into the blood stream. Most women find a dosage of half what is recommended on the manufacturer’s directions to be more effective and especially women experiencing estrogen allergies.
Parts Used: Tuber
Warning: As with anything that affects hormones, be very careful when using this herb and only use it when absolutely necessary. Larger doses can have a negative effect.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.